IRVINE ( — A pickup truck crashed into a light pole on the Eastern Transportation Corridor (261) Tollway in Irvine Monday, disturbing a swarm of bees that stung two people trying to help the trapped driver.

The truck slammed into the pole in the southbound lanes of the tollway between Irvine Boulevard and Portola Parkway about 10:30 a.m., Orange County Fire Authority Steve Concialdi said.

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A man and a woman who stopped to try to help the 34-year-old driver were stung several times by bees, so they backed off and waited for help to arrive.

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Firefighters used foam and water from their hoses to brush aside the bees as they worked on extricating the driver from the wreckage, an operation made even trickier because of the live wires from the damaged light pole, Concialdi said.

It took nearly 30 minutes to free the unidentified driver, who was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana for a head injury that was not considered life-threatening, Concialdi said. The two victims stung by bees were treated at the scene by paramedics.

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