CAP worker stung 'several hundred times' by bees in Peoria

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A 40-year-old man was stung "several hundred" times while working for the Central Arizona Project in Peoria on Wednesday morning, according to Tim Eiden with the Peoria Fire-Medical Dept.

It happened at approximately 9 a.m. near the Loop 303 and Lake Pleasant Parkway.

"A CAP employee was removing an abandoned couch from underneath the underpass at the 303 near Lake Pleasant Parkway," Eiden said in an email. "There was a swarm of bees nesting inside the couch."

[RAW VIDEO: Firefighters respond to bee attack]

The man attempted to flee, running nearly a quarter mile before lying down on the ground. There were no areas of shelter for the man to run to.

Fire crews found the man lying in a dirt roadway.

He was stung several hundred times.

[SLIDESHOW: CAP worker stung 'several hundred times' by bees]

The patient was awake and stable and transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Peoria Fire-Medical Department used a drone to perform aerial reconnaissance and found a second worker. The second worker received a few stings and was evaluated on the scene but not transported. 

If you are in a situation where you are being attacked by bees, run away in a straight line towards the wind. Do not swat at the bees or flail your arms. Protect your eyes and mouth as you run and attempt to find shelter if possible. Do not jump into water. Dial 911 as soon as possible.

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