Six passengers have been stung to death by a swarm of bees after the bus they were traveling in malfunctioned and crashed into a beehive along a rural highway in Nicaragua.
Authorities said Santos Herrera, 22, was driving on El Caracol-La Rica route that covers the northern cities of Jinotega and San Sebastián de Yalí, when he encountered mechanical problems and lost control of the school bus in the municipality of San Sebastián de Yalí on Monday.
Daily Mail UK reports that the crash sent the bus crashing into a 160-foot-deep slope where the beehives were located.
The impact of the crash caused the bus to break open multiple wooden boxes and allowed the swarm of African bees to escape the hives where they produced honey and subsequently attacked the victims, and stung 45 of the 60 passengers, including Herrera.
Efforts by residents in the area, who had tried to rescue the trapped passengers, were said to have amounted to little as they were reportedly forced to stop because of the presence of the bees, according to the report.
It gave the names of the dead as Eneyda Tórrez, 47, and her eight-year-old daughter, Andrea Carolina García, who died at a local hospital.
The accident also left dead Kenia Soza, 19; Dilcia Amparo, 32; Santos Calderón, 38; and Reyna Olivas, 84.
At least 14 passengers, including four-year-old Justin Rivas and Alma Rivas, who is pregnant, were hospitalised at a clinic in San Sebastián de Yalí and a hospital in Jinotega, the report said, adding that the National Police’s transit unit initiated a probe into the accident.