A bee attack has claimed the life of a Duncan man.

According to a Cochise County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 2:35 p.m. Friday, authorities responded to a medical emergency regarding a bee attack. A deputy located the vehicle transporting the victims at high speed outside San Simon. The driver, upon vehicle stoppage, alerted authorities his father had been stung and allergic to bees.

The swarming bees, which had apparently followed the men into the vehicle, stung the deputy as he gained entry into the vehicle. The deputy noted the unresponsive elderly male in the back of the car.

The numerous bees in the car did not allow for resuscitation efforts. According to the report, the deputy instructed the driver to roll down the windows and follow the deputy a short distance to rendezvous with San Simon Fire Department medics.

The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old man from Animas, New Mexico, survived the incident alongside a third unnamed man.

According to the report, the bee attack occurred at Atkins Farm Road, where the elderly man and his son were cleaning up scrap piles with a group when they found the bees. The bees swarmed and attacked. The 43-year-old man was airlifted to Tucson alongside the unnamed man who was involved in the incident for further treatment.

The responding Cochise County Sheriff’s Office deputy also received medical treatment for his bee stings. At this point, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

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