On Wednesday of this week, a 30 year old man from St. Charles, Michigan died when he crashed his Hyundai into an abandoned, bee infested home.
According to reports, the 54 year old man was driving down Spruce Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. when he continued to drive straight through a cornered turn on M-52. The mishap landed him straight into the first floor of the yellow double decker home.
A number of witnesses then rushed to the crash to help the driver, but were held off by a swarm of approximately 60,000 bees that were released from the home when the accident happened.
“The house, we’re being told, has not been occupied for many years,” said Sheriff Lt. Randy Pfau of the Saginaw County Sheriff’s office in an interview with the Saginaw News. “There were just large swarms of bees within the home. It was so infested, they couldn’t get to him.”
Instead, some Good Samaritans did try to help the man by attaching a tow strap to the vehicle and pulling it away from the infested home. As they did so, Tri-Township firefighters and Saginaw County Sheriff deputies arrived on the scene.
Sheriff Pfau says, “They tried to render aid. It was later determined he was deceased at the scene.
As for the bees, they swarmed the vehicles and the walls of the homes on the adjoining houses. Fire fighters and police officers were then forced to spray them with foam, which killed them instantly.
Terry Klein, owner of T.M. Klein and Sons Honey in St. Charles said to Michigan Live after the incident, “We would have liked to save them, but human life is more important than bees.”