Bees attack after car crash
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE (CNS) – A car involved in a two-vehicle crash hit a tree and disturbed a beehive in La Canada Flintridge today, causing bees to attack and sting both drivers hundreds of times as they got out to exchange information, authorities said.
It happened about 2:50 p.m. in the 2000 block of Los Amigos Street, sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Larios said.
The drivers, one a 51-year-old woman and the other a 17-year-old girl, both residents of La Canada Flintridge, were each stung hundreds of times, Larios said.
The older woman, fearing for her life, ran into the rear of a residence and jumped into a swimming pool to escape the swarming hordes. The teen, meanwhile, fell to the street, where a deputy found her covered in bees and used a fire extinguisher to get the creatures off of her, he said.
“He assisted her to her feet and they both ran to safety,” Larios said. “The deputy then used the hose from a nearby residence to remove the rest of the bees from the teen.”
Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters arrived and rescued the woman from the pool, which was swarmed with bees, he said.
Both women were taken to a hospital for treatment, Larios said, adding that the assisting deputy was also stung, but not taken to a hospital.
“The hive was removed by a local pest control company,” Larios said.
Firefighters sprayed foam to keep the bees at bay prior to the pest control company’s arrival.