Woman Stung 1,000 Times by Bees Recovering

A woman jumped into a pool to avoid being stung by a swarm of bees and waited there until firefighters arrived

By Gadi Schwartz and Jason Kandel
|  Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014  |  Updated 2:51 PM EDT
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A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy recounts saving a teenage girl who was screaming on the ground and covered in bees when the insects attacks. Gadi Schwartz reports from Glendale for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Gadi Schwartz, James Wulff

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy recounts saving a teenage girl who was screaming on the ground and covered in bees when the insects attacks. Gadi Schwartz reports from Glendale for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, March 10, 2014.

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2 Hospitalized After Bee Attack in SoCal

A 51-year-old woman was hospitalized after being stung about 1,000 times during a bee attack in a Southern California neighborhood. A teen girl was also stung and hospitalized. Kate Larsen reports from La Canada Flintridge for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
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A 51-year-old woman stung about 1,000 times by bees over the weekend is recovering and hopes to go home from the hospital in the next couple days.

The bizarre incident happened Sunday when two cars crashed and one hit a tree, disturbing a beehive.

The woman crashed her vehicle into another car driven by a 17-year-old girl.

The bees attacked both drivers as they got out to exchange information in the 2000 block of Los Amigos Street in La Cañada Flintridge, sheriff's Sgt. Jose Larios said.

The older woman, fearing for her life, ran into the rear of a home and jumped into a swimming pool to escape the swarming hordes. Firefighters rescued her.

The teen, meanwhile, fell to the street.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Pluimer used a fire extinguisher to get the swarm off the girl.

"She was just covered in bees," Pluimer said, "so I retrieved the fire extinguisher from my trunk. I told her, 'Close your eyes and hold your breath,' and I sprayed her with it just to try to get the bees off of her."

He helped the girl up and they both ran to safety. Pluimer then used the hose from a nearby home to remove the rest of the bees from the teen.

She was stung about 50 times.

Both were taken to a hospital for treatment. The deputy was also stung, but not taken to a hospital.

The hive was removed by a local pest control company.

Firefighters sprayed foam to keep the bees at bay prior to the pest control company's arrival.

Doctor Armand Dorian, who works at the hospital where the woman is recovering, said 1,000 bee stings could kill a person. But these kinds of attacks are rare.

When they happen, experts say, it's best to close your eyes and cover your mouth and ears and run.

So far experts have not determined if the bees were aggressive Africanized bees, also called "killer bees."

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