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Bee Swarm Kills South Texas Couple, Injures Son

HEBBRONVILLE, Texas — Officials say bees swarmed an elderly couple at their South Texas ranch, killing both and injuring their son.

Jim Hogg County sheriff's deputies say 90-year-old William T. Steele was spraying insecticide on a bees' nest Monday when the bees attacked him, his 92-year-old wife, Myrtle Steele, and their 67-year-old son, Richard Steele.

Richard Steele's wife, Judy Steele, tells the Valley Morning Star of Harlingen that her father-in-law was pronounced dead at the scene. She said her mother-in-law was airlifted to a hospital, where she died Tuesday.

Judy Steele says her husband had to drive several miles to the nearest phone to get help because there was no cell service at the ranch. She says her husband was released from the hospital Tuesday.

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Information from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com
 



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