A Sheriff’s deputy was credited with saving a teen after she and another woman were attacked by a large number of bees following a minor car crash Sunday in La Canada Flintridge, authorities said.
The collision 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 a hive of bees that swarmed the drivers after they got out of their vehicles and attempted to exchange information, Capt. Brian Kane of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
One of the drivers, identified only as a 51-year-old resident of La Canada Flintridge, ran to the back of a nearby residence and jumped into a swimming pool, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
She waited in the pool until paramedics arrived, Kane said.
The other driver, a 17-year-old who was also a resident of La Canada Flintridge, fell to the ground and was soon covered by the bees, the release stated.
The first deputy to arrive saw the teen and used a fire extinguisher to help get the bees off of her, according to the release. He helped her to her feet before the two ran to a safe location.
Both women suffered hundreds of stings and were taken to a local hospital for treatment, authorities said.
Their conditions were not known.
The assisting deputy was also stung, but was not taken to a hospital.
A local pest control was able to remove the hive, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
KTLA’s Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this report.