In Riverside, Calif. three employees at an electrical contracting company were attacked by a colony of bees when they disturbed an underground sprinkler vault. It is common for bees to colonize in underground vaults because it is a cool and protected place. Unfortunately, 49-year-old Douglas Queen from Los Angles was stung so many times that he fell to his knees. Admitted to a hospital, he late died from his injuries. Two other men, who both tried to help Queen, were treated and released.

The cause of the death was a result of not just one or two bee stings, which normally wouldn’t injure someone so severely. Instead, the multiple stinging from bees can run through ones blood stream and can cause death. A bee sting damages the tissue, and can severe when being stung repeatedly that the kidneys–responsible for filtering the waste in your blood—can fail causing death.

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