RIO HONDO, Texas – A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.
The San Benito Fire Department on Monday identified the victim as 53-year-old Rogelio Zuniga (roh-HEE'-lee-oh ZOO'-nee-guh).
Fire Chief Raul Zuniga Jr. is a cousin of the victim. He says the attack happened Sunday afternoon. Rogelio Zuniga was using a disk on the field when the tractor hit an old concrete pipe meant for irrigation. The fire chief says the bees came from an opening in the pipe.
The victim was dead at the scene.
The fire chief says an exterminator was brought in to kill the bees and clear the pipe, which had 15 to 20 feet of honeycombs.