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. Lanfear

    Hail Canada!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brenda

    actually they did say, the bear didn't make it....

    June 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel M

    Bears can now fly. We are all doomed.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    seems to be a lot of children commenting on CNN's news blog...

    June 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bear Sympathizer

    poor bear

    June 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T&S

    That's a grizzly story...

    June 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buy an SUV cause an accident!

    @RHC and RachelM; Just two more from Texa*s!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kate

    A few years ago, the car in front of me hit a bear (in New Hampshire) and it flew through the air and landed in the road a few car lengths in front of me. I had time to stop. The bear died, the other car had damage and no humans were injured. Close call.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    You're all missing the big picture here...this was no ordinary bear, but a FLYING bear. I can't wait until I see a flying bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bookldy209

    I once came upon a back road accident in Alaska where a moose had gone through someone's wind shield. It was like something out of one of those "Final Destination" movies. The police told me it was not the impact that killed the people in the front seat but the moose's flailing of its legs being trapped as it was in the glass. Seeing what was left of those individuals' upper torsos has stayed with me for life. No blame assigned but do contemplate what their final moments must have been like and be alert to the wildlife with which we share the road.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Buy an SUV cause an accident!

    @Kate; The big problem in New England are Moose on the roadway, they don't get out of the way unless they want to, and they're never in a hurry.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PuckFeta

    This was an accident people. thats all.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AceRyder

    I don't even have to read the article to know this is BS – bears don't fly.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • HarleyDeluxeRider

      LoL AceRyder! I'm just wondering what that flying bear would have done to my motorcycle!

      June 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      You are an idiot.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitchell

      Really? doesn't understand humor.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Buy an SUV cause an accident!

    On the back roads in the US and Canada you have to use caution, especially around wetlands. There is NO excuse of driving fast on these roadways, regardless on how "Safe" and "Powerful" your vehicle makes you feel.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane W

      You missed the article completely didn't you? A Pontiac Sunfire which is a small car hit the bear and sent it into the SUV. The SUV did not cause the accident but was the recipient of it.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      You're an idiot. Read the article, dolt.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • OK grandma, ill slow down, not.

      Wow you're an idiot. Go back to your knitting.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • WSJ

      You are a disgusting idiot. Shame on you.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • No

      You are amazingly stupid.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. L A Graham

    WOW, Americans are a lot dumber than they give themselves credit for!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane W

      WTH are you talking about?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • WSJ

      You have to love when dumb people call others dumb.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • No

      You and who else?

      June 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
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