89-year-old Utah man stung nearly 400 times in bee attack at baseball game

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GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A bee attack during a baseball game in St. George forced players and spectators to flee and sent an 89-year-old man to the hospital.

The Deseret News reported the man, Jay Francis, of Bountiful, Utah, told the newspaper that doctors told him he was lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times.

He told the Deseret News the experience was “horrible” and his head became swollen and sore after the attack.

His son, Kevin, says his father’s face was covered with bees and it was “like a bee swarm out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.”

The son and his mother were each stung a few dozen times.

Several other people were treated for stings at the scene.

Lone Peak High School baseball coach Matt Bezzant told The Spectrum newspaper of St. George that the bees came from a dugout and players were chased by as many as 70 bees at one point.

Fire crews doused the dugout area with a chemical foam to combat the bees.

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