Bees Swarm Crash Area After Truck Overturns on 261 Toll Road in Irvine

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A pickup truck overturned on a toll road in Irvine Monday morning, leaving its driver trapped, and somehow leading to a bee swarm that injured two people who stopped to help.

Firefighters responded to an overturned pickup truck and associated bee swarm in Irvine on Sept. 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters responded to an overturned pickup truck and associated bee swarm in Irvine on Sept. 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident was reported about 10:30 a.m. on southbound State Route 261 just north of Irvine Boulevard (map), according to the California Highway Patrol’s online incident log.

A black Chevrolet pickup truck overturned and hit a light pole, and then a person or people in the vehicle that reported the crash told CHP that they had been stung.

The driver in the truck was trapped and in unknown condition, according to Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

There were possibly two patients associated with a swarm of bees in the area, Concialdi said. Thirteen firefighters were responding, and they have bee veils available to them, he said.

The Los Angeles Times reported those who were injured were two people who stopped to help the injured driver. A beehive had come crashing down when the pickup truck struck the light pole, and the bees attacked a man and woman who were there to help, according to the newspaper.

Firefighters were able to spray the bees with water and foam, and extricate the driver, who was hospitalized with a head injury.

The Portola Parkway on ramp was blocked, according to the CHP log.

KTLA’s Crystal Garcia contributed to this article.