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» Trimmer stung by bees, took down pole
 Posted: Aug 15 2010, 05:33 PM
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SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. (UPI) -- A Florida tree trimmer who was attacked by Africanized honeybees said he returned to finish the "nightmare" job and accidentally took down a live power pole.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Ralph St. Peter, 44, was stung up to 150 times by Africanized honeybees while trimming a tree Saturday in Safety Harbor, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

St. Peter and co-worker Michael Foster, who used his bare hands to swat the bees swarming around St. Peter, were taken to Mease Countryside Hospital for treatment.

St. Peter said he returned to finish the job Monday, despite his wife's pleas that he leave this one alone.

The trimmer said he wishes he had listened to his wife after a limb being pulled by the truck, which Foster was driving, took down a power pole with live power lines.

"This has never happened to me before -- ever," St. Peter said. "What a nightmare. I just wanted to finish the job."

Power officials said no one was injured and there were no reports of outages.

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