Officials: Bee stings may have prompted crash
A crash Monday afternoon that sent a car across two lanes of traffic and into the garden center area of a local business might have been caused by an allergic reaction, officials said today.
Witnesses told authorities they'd seen the 63-year-old Rochester man sitting in his vehicle "through several cycles" of the traffic signal on 25th Street Southwest and Broadway Avenue South, said Lt. Mike Sadauskis.
He eventually crossed Broadway, heading east, then he crossed a median and two lanes of oncoming traffic. He then went down an embankment and ended up in an outdoor sales area at Wal-Mart, 2525 25th St. SW, Sadauskis said.
When police and firefighters arrived, the man was slumped over the steering wheel, the report says, with the car resting against some pallets holding retaining wall bricks and sand.
Officials were told the man had been stung by bees moments before the crash, Sadauskis said, leading to the speculation that he may have had an allergic reaction to the stings.
The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was listed in good condition today, a hospital spokeswoman said.