Two People Attacked After Crashing Into Beehive


Two people in Kentucky were attacked by a swarm of bees after crashing their car into a hive on July 26.

Noah Elkins, 36, and Priscilla Simpson, 35, were reportedly driving under the influence when they crashed into the beehive, WYMT reports.

"I just had got done feeding my chickens -- watering them and stuff -- and I walked back to my house there to get my phone so I could play a video game on it," said Gary Lee Anderson, a local resident who watched the scene unfold. "And all of a sudden I heard a big 'boom,' and I looked back out my door and the electric pole fell and the lines were falling. And the Geo Tracker was sideways into the fence."

That’s when Elkins reportedly got out of the car and ran up the road, “screaming and squalling.”

“[He was] running around about like a chicken with its head cut off," recalls Anderson.

Anderson continued, describing how he watched the two run to his house and use his hose to spray away the bees.

"I told him, 'You need to get out of that water,” Anderson said. "But I didn't know he was getting eat up by bees, I thought he was just high."

It turned out, Anderson was partially correct. Investigators later learned that the duo had taken many drugs, such as Suboxone, Neurontin and Klonopin.

Unfortunately for Anderson, the bees decided to turn on him, as well.

While Anderson was not hospitalized, Elkins and Simpson were admitted and treated for various injuries from the crash and also bee stings.

Authorities called it an unusual case and say they hope the duo learned a lesson.

Anderson thinks they already have.

"I'd say by today they are [learning their lesson]," Anderson said. "If they feel like my leg feels, I'd say they're learning.

"I'd say they're itching real good," he said. "Because my ankle's itching. I think it's that poison from them bees."

It’s not the first time bees have attacked after a car crash, WLKY reports.

In Tennessee, 20 million bees were released after a truck carrying more than 450 beehives crashed in March. There were numerous attacks. 

Sources: WYMTWLKY / Photo credit: Qypchak/Wikimedia Commons

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