JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A swarm of bees attacked a group of hikers in Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday, stinging one man more than 100 times and causing him to fall and break his leg as he sprinted for safety.
One of the man's companions was stung more than 50 times, and two others suffered about 25 stings each, said Joshua Tree National Park Ranger David Smith.
The four dove into their car after the 11 a.m. attack--with some bees still clinging to them--and drove to the High Desert Medical Center in nearby Joshua Tree. All were treated and released by Sunday evening, Smith said. He said he did not know their names or where they were from.
Smith said that until test results come back from Sacramento he won't know whether the bees were the infamous Africanized "killer bees," or just normal honeybees.