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Longmont driver crashed mother's car, hit light pole 'due to a bee'

Driver feared allergic reaction from bee sting
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Posted at 2:53 PM, Aug 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-27 16:53:18-04

LONGMONT, Colo. -- A Longmont driver crashed his mother's car over a light pole to avoid being stung by a bee on Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Lindner said he was driving in the area of Missouri Avenue and Chapman Lane when he drove his mom's 2002 Toyota Prius over the telephone pole after a "large wasp or bee" flew into the car. 

"Next thing I knew after looking down to see that there was a large huge yellow flying insect...I'm on the curb and I've knocked down a telephone pole," Lindner told our partners at the Boulder Daily Camera

If the wasp or bee had stung him, he would have experienced an allergic reaction, Lindner said.

"It's the most interesting car accident I've ever been in," Lindner told the Daily Camera, adding he always wondered how people ended up running over poles.

At least, now he knows. 

Lindner, who said the insect flew away before he could kill it, was not cited in the crash, according to the newspaper. 

"It flew away," Lindner said. "I wish I killed it so I could have some hard evidence. But unfortunately it's just my word at this moment."

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