Three people were transported in critical condition and a sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries after a catering truck slammed into a tree containing a beehive Saturday afternoon in the West Hollywood area, authorities said.
Los Angeles city and county firefighters responded about 12:20 p.m. to the scene, in the 1100 block of North Doheny Drive (map), where they extricated three people from the vehicle as a “large amount” of bees swarmed, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“We ended up extricating three people from a catering truck,” Battalion Chief Charles Butler said. “We transported all three of those in critical condition to local trauma centers, and we also treated and released on the scene one sheriff’s deputy with a minor reaction to a bee sting.”
A witness described the bees as “aggressive” after the crash.
“You could hear the sounds of women screaming inside the truck,” said the man, who identified himself only as “Francis.” “I thought maybe there was a fire inside the truck, and then it was apparent that there was bees and the bees were all swarming around the truck.”
The cause of the collision and nature of the injuries were not immediately clear.
KTLA’s Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.