Woman, teen attacked by bees after car crashes into tree


A woman and a teenager were hospitalized after being attacked by bees when a car hit a tree containing a hive in La Canada Flintridge, authorities said.

A collision between two cars occurred around 2:50 p.m. on the 200 block of Los Amigos Street, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

One of the cars slammed into a tree, aggravating the hive of bees that swarmed the drivers after they got out of their vehicles and attempted to exchange information, said Capt. Brian Kane of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.


One of the drivers, identified as a 51-year-old resident of La Canada Flintridge, ran to the back of a home and jumped into a swimming pool, according to the sheriff’s department.

She waited in the pool until paramedics arrived, Kane said, according to KTLA-TV.

The other driver, a 17-year-old who was also a resident of La Canada Flintridge, fell to the ground and was soon covered in bees, officials said in the statement.

The first deputy to arrive saw the teen and used a fire extinguisher to get the bees off her, according to the release. They then ran to safety.

Both victims suffered hundreds of stings and were taken to a hospital for treatment, authorities said.

The assisting deputy also was stung but was not taken to a hospital.