2 people die as bear flies through SUV
Two people died and a third was injured when a bear crashed through this SUV near Luskville, Quebec, police said.
June 8th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

2 people die as bear flies through SUV

A bizarre auto accident involving two vehicles and a bear has left two people and the bear dead, Canadian authorities said.

Police in Quebec said a 300-pound male black bear wandered onto a road and was struck by an eastbound Pontiac Sunfire. The impact sent the animal hurtling through the air, where it smashed the windshield of a westbound Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle and went out through the back window, regional police spokesman Officer Martin Fournel said.

"It was a 300-pound bullet," he said.

The SUV's 35-year-old female driver and a 40-year-old man sitting behind her were killed; a 28-year-old front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries, Fournel said. In the Pontiac, neither the driver, a 23-year-old man, nor his 19-year-old male passenger was hurt.

No alcohol or drugs were involved, and police are still trying to determine each vehicle's speed in the 90 kph (56 mph) zone, Fournel said, adding that charges are unlikely.

"It's a first, there's no doubt about that," he said. "We had similar accident several years ago with a deer going through the windshield and ending up in the back seat, where it injured a boy. He wasn't killed, he was hurt. But it was not like this."

It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking - sometimes recklessly - for females, so drivers on rural roads should be watchful, hunting guide Daniel Larocque told the Canadian television network CBC.

The accident occurred near the town of Luskville, about 25 miles northwest of Ottawa, Ontario.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "When bears fly!"

    June 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • eemoog

      This story in Canadian newspapers say the bear was female and weighed 300lbs.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • booger

      @eemoog It was an error on the Canadian paper's fault. The bear's penis was later found in the glove box.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Do they know in Quebec that it's bear mating season?
    We have a lot of deer that cross roads near our country house. We don't exactly tear down those roads: we ease on down.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Good for you if you slow down during mating season. But this is a 1 in a 1 000 000 around here. People are careful but tragedies happen. I have a question for you, do you know where Quebec is? Name Canada's Capital...

      June 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob & Joey

      Bob & Joey, did either of you even read the article?

      1. It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking – sometimes recklessly – for females, so drivers on rural roads should be watchful, hunting guide Daniel Larocque told CBC.

      2. No one in the "car" was hurt.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. akaibushi

    too soon...

    June 8, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stephen Colbert

    Colbear warned ya!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    CNN is disappointing me more and more... "No one was hurt"... Really?

    June 8, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • HappyMadison

      No one in the car was hurt – 2 people in the SUV died. Learn to read.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob #2

      Yes really. Did you read the article?

      No one in the "car" was hurt.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      No one in the CAR was hurt.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      No one in the 'car' was hurt. Two people died in the SUV. TWO vehicles were involved, one that struck the bear, putting it into the bear and into the path of the oncoming SUV that was going in the opposite direction. .

      June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • SadToSay

      The article says "no one in the car was hurt". The car launched the bear into the air. The bear went through the windshield of an SUV, a different vehicle.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      I bet you four would like the few seconds wasted on this post.... Me too...

      June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • bryan

      2 people in the SUV were killed. Nobody in the car (meaning the car that initially hit the bear) were hurt.
      Alright, what else can I read to you

      June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Northerner

      Read the story, CNN is correct that nobody was hurt in THE CAR...the car hit the bear and sent it airborne into the SUV where people were killed. CNN is actually correct here.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Uh, they were talking about the car that struck the bear, not the SUV that caught the flying bear.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      NO ONE IN THE CAR WAS HURT. L2READ.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Cranky

      Wait, so where was no one hurt? The TEN replies all saying EXACTLY THE SAME THING didn't sink in...sorry.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Definitely hate to hear this for the bear and the people. Also, might want to fix the typo. After talking about 2 in the die car and one had minor injuries the article states, "No one in the car was hurt."

    June 8, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      If you re-read it says the one car initially struck the bear, sending it flying into the SUV. So it's not technically a typo, but does sound a little weird in it's placement.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • 4815162342

      No one was hurt in the car that hit the bear. Read the entire post. The people who died were in the SUV.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • christie

      Matt, you may want to re-read the article. It said 2 in the SUV were killed and one injured. No one in the car was hurt. The car hit the bear and the bear went into the SUV.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      No one in the car that struck the bear was hurt. The fatalities occured in the SUV which the bear flew into after being struck by the small car.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Nobody in the other car was hurt. Two in the SUV were killed.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      no one in the car was hurt... meaning the car that launched the bear into the SUV where the fatalities occurred... good job reading...

      June 8, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    @Matt – you dummy. They are talking about the car that hit the bear in the first place

    June 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sari

    The people in the SUV were either injured or killed. The people in the CAR, the other vehicle mentioned in the story, were unhurt. Read the article before you comment!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. iamthefreman

    I can't believe the poor bear is dead. Those people should be arrested, even the dead people, for killing that ppor animal. Where is PETA? Arise all PETA crazies and protest the killing of this poor bear. He was just trying to get some girly action and those terrible humans got in his way.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sam

    Read closer. It says that the driver and a back seat passenger in the SUV were killed; the front seat passenger of the SUV had minor injuries. No one in the car that hit the bear was hurt. There were 2 vehicles involved. Maybe CNN wouldn't suck so much if you actually read the story.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. ljb

    Not a typo. A small car hit the bear and it flew up in the air and went through an SUV. Nobody in the car that initially hit the bear was hurt.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mara

    It's a short article, folks. Apparently Reading Comprehension 101 needs to be revisited.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nick

    Yes no one in the initial car was hurt. The car hit the bear, sent it flying, and the flying bear hit a second car.. an SUV. People in the SUV were indeed hurt.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      An SUV is not a car. It's a truck. When the article states no one in the car was hurt, it was referring to the small car that first hit the bear, not the SUV where people died.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. EmeraldCity

    No one died in the car. Read again – the article states that the car clipped the bear and in doing so, the bear was thrust into the air and hit an oncoming SUV. The people in the SUV were the ones that were hurt/killed. Not the people in the car that initially hit the bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Derek

    Actually the story is accurate & people are misinterpreting the word "car." The small car hit the bear & sent it flying into an SUV. 2 people died in the SUV but the people in the small car were unhurt. An SUV is not a car. Technically it's a truck. But many people don't understand SUVs are not cars.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      @Derek. To be pedantic: it depends on the SUV as to whether it's a "car" or a "truck". The original crop of SUVs were based off of truck bodies for a number of reasons. More recently manufactures have switched to using car bodies as the base. The story didn't identify what make/model the SUV was and from the picture it's difficult to tell - "car" may actually be the appropriate term.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • akabaloo

      @George Yeah, it doesn't say what make or model the Nissan Pathfinder is, so technically it could be either

      June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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