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. Big Brain

    A new saying is born in Quebec. When asked, how far do you live from Quebec? The answer will be 5 kilometers, as the bear flies. Of course, it will be all in French. Sacreblue!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arizonamom

      Big Brain – but no compassion whatsoever! Or a caring heart for that matter. Just an empty shell of a person really.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby B.

      Pure comic gold!!

      June 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MickEdge

      I'm assuming this is your Idea of humour??????? Keep trying !!! My deepest sympathies to the families of these people.........

      June 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      How could they kill a sweet bear.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H59Py7KApU

      June 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mahdeealoo

    We've had a near bear experience. They are huge and amazingly heavy (pure muscle) creatures. Thank goodness for brakes and headlights or it would have surely been curtains. The running bear only looked up for a split second when it was finished clearing the front bumper. Condolences to the families of the humans and the bears.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TimBob

    IIf you have anything to say other than condolences for the family & friends who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident, then kindly remove yourself from your keyboard & get back to your sad, sorry little life.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Billy

    Sorry but I am LMAO on this story. Imagine a 300 lb bear coming towards you and went straight thru the vehicle. Sad but Funny !! RIP those who are dead! Including the Bear !!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arizonamom

      Billy – Really? It's funny? Wow, no compassion on your part, eh?

      June 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • pierce

      And I laughed when the hyena ate your mom on that camping trip.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • usbine

      Bear RIP!? funny? are you insane?

      June 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rachaele

    This happened to my family, too!

    It was almost 20 years ago on Oregon's Hwy 101. A black bear I believe came rolling down a hill and crossed 4 lanes of traffic in front of the family Chevy van. My family was on our way back home from a trip and that Chevy saved our life! Killed the bear, though 🙁 Somehow the van made it through after repairs. As a 7 year old, it gave me quite a scare. I feel terrible for the people who lost their life.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 3rd World Canada

    Wow....what a grizzly event.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    This story was about a bear slamming through an SUV and killing 2 people on impact......in a different country..... where did this all come from?

    June 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      ouch! I think you forgot the 'e'.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. T.C. Simpson

    I am sorry for the families of those who lost their lives. This is such a tragic accident. God Bless.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sam99999

    "no alcohol or drugs were involved". So if one of the drivers had a couple of beers would they be blamed for this?

    June 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ivan Libya

    Too bad the 23 yr old male driver wasn't killed in the accident. Clearly he wasn't paying attention or speeding way to fast if you can't avoid a slow moving 300 pound bear.

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

      Fail. Bears can top out at 25mph. They are extraordinarily fast animals.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JScic

    LOL........this has gotten a little silly......seems like Middle Schhol let out early today

    June 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ROBBY / INDIANA

    Ok everyone two people died show some respect. Who cares how CNN reported what happend CNN Reportes what there sources in form them of .yes people miss spell who doesnt.FyI a SUV IS NOT A TRUCK it is a sport utility vehicle the insurance industrie classafied the suv as a truck because it is built useing truck parts as well as a truck frame the p t cruser is not a truck but when you get license plates and ins they plate it with truck plates and the ins companies will ins the pt cruser as a truck . as far as PETA goes weeeee the bears inviroment is every where it wants to be and we are in there way it wasnt the bears fault thats life sh#?* happens wrong place wrong time for all involved with such a tragic event be bless and greatful no one else died ROBBY # INDIANA

    June 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shamrock6

    This almost happened to me once.....I bearly made it out alive.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shamrock6

    Wow...that SUV bears quite a few scars from the encounter.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadian Man

    @ Alter Ego, unlike some people, I wasn't talking about all Americans only about the few that makes dumb comments, but if the shoe fits. Get into that big car of yours that uses a lot of gas (who cares about environment right?) get your your big garage attached to your big house, close the door and take a nap.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Get off your high moose, we're not the only ones permanantly screwing up the environment. Now hurry on back to your 3 yr wait at the drs ofc.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry at Gov

      Bill-No, we are one of 2 industrialized nations, the other being China, that has refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty. We are THE largest polluter on earth. And, Canada has an excellent healthcare system, with wait times for a doctor's office visit being comparable as in the U.S. Please keep your ignorant, uninformed comments to yourself or your like-minded (feeble) friends. You're an embarrassment to intelligent Americans.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      It's hilarious to see a Canadian knock the US lifestyle, seeing as the two cultures are virtually indistinguishable.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      "Angry at Gov", no, China is the world's biggest polluter. And Australia is the world biggest energy consumer per capita.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Man

      My posts are not against all Americans, morons are morons, whatever country they's in. I take offense to people who dismiss this story's worthiness because it's "only 2 Canadians that died". I'm not fighting for who's the better country here, but who's the bigger person.

      To Mike's comment, although it may appear the countries lifestyles are similar, there's many differences in the internal structure and politics that makes both nations very different. Don't get influenced by stupid jokes on American TV, there's nothing realistic about the way Canadians are portrayed.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JO

      There are also a large number of Canadians who drive gas guzzling SUV's and live in monster homes with monster garages attached.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
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