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Bee Swarm Attacks Two Women After Car Crashes Into Beehive

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Two people were stung about 1,000 times by bees in La Canada Flintridge after a car hit a tree with a bee hive on Sunday.

A 51-year-old woman and 17-year-old girl (who have not been identified yet) got into a minor car crash on the 2000 block of Los Amigos Street around 2:50 p.m., according to a press release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. One of the cars hit a tree with a bee hive in it. When they got out of their cars to exchange information, they were attacked by hundreds of bees.

"It was definitely something out of a horror movie," a witness told NBC Los Angeles. "They were screaming for help and there was nothing anyone could do."

The 51-year-old was stung at least 1,000 times and the teenager about 50 times, the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. told NBC Los Angeles. The woman tried to run away from the bees and jumped into the swimming pool of a La Canada Flintridge resident's home and waited there until authorities arrived, according to the statement. The teenager was found in the middle of the street covered by bees and a deputy used a fire extinguisher and a hose to get the bees off of her.

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"They were on her, and all over her, you know, you could see her face, her eyes, and things like that, but she was pretty well covered with bees, and they were all over the street," witness John Weyermuller told KABC about the 51-year-old woman.

They were both taken to the hospital and treated for their bee stings. The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. said that a pest control company removed the bee hive after the incident.