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. Rick Calvert

    Damn. Now we have to be afraid of flying bears. Oh my.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Stephen Colbert was right.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ranger Rick

    OMG! A new terrorist threat: Yogi Bear Laden and his second in command, Boo Boo Bomber

    June 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie by the sea

      This is tragic! But it does sound like "Over The Hedge".

      June 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. StrangeBreed

    You could it was bearing down on them?

    June 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Hahaha strangebreed, your joke didn't work because you're too stupid to type a sentence. I feel sorry for your parents.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wrangler

    This wouldn't of happened in a JEEP OIIIIIIIO

    June 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blob

      That's true, because Jeeps are always in the shop since they are the worst rated vehicle on the road by Consumer Reports and the 2011 one I owned was always in the shop until I had it lemoned.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • drew

      Quit being a pedantic PITA, Blob. They guy's making a little joke.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. StrangeBreed

    *say

    June 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ??

    I'm curious to are what the speed investigation concludes. For a Sunfire to send 300 pounds completely through an SUV seems like it would need some speed behind it.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Canadian Man

    @LIGHTINF, spending 3 months in ontreal made you hate Canadians. Man you're an idiot!! 3 months in ONE city made you hate ALL Canadians. What's wrong with you? How far did you go in school...OK you saw it on the way to the dealer's house

    June 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Canadian

      Montreal is not even in Canada

      June 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      FYI, you don't have to go to canada to hate canadians. I've never been there and I despise every one of them.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Man

      With a name like Booger, I'm not at all surprised that you would say something like that. In breads usually have a narrow minded way of seeing things. It's not entirely impossible that you're just plain stupid. Stick to what you know, drink beer and watch Springer, you won't learn anything, but that's OK as long as you're entertained. I would say please never come to my country, but I would doubt you even know where it is.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name:REQUIRED

    this story is almost UNBear-able!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      Yes...it was a grizzly scene.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • warns

      only comment worth reading, thx.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      :Like:

      June 9, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Griffin

      that's cold

      July 8, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil v2.0

    They do? Do you have statistics on the influx of legal immigration into the U.S. versus other nations to verify your statement? Not that hatred of any people group is justifiable, but that comment is, at best, difficult to defend, xenophobic at worst.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Riff*Raff

    I think I just lost a few IQ points reading some of these comments!!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard Allen

    i can't bear the thought of seeing such a scene. Guess all we can do as onlookers is grim and bear it. Can't say I've had such an accident, but my ex wife did when we were together. She hit a deer while doing 65mph. She had her car fixed at a place called Deering Automotive...I'm not joking. Those poor, deer souls. I hope for their families the situation is bearable.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Hahaha, "grim" and bear it? Your joke didn't even work because you're ignorant and don't know how to speak properly. I feel bad for your parents.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. niners

    I am quite sure that law enforcement will end up giving both drivers tickets for speeding. Someone has to be the blame Not the Bear there his woods.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxLatino

      Obviously you didnt read the article. One of the drivers was killed. Who are you going to give the second ticket to? The passanger.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • niners

      the insurance company. some one will be sued

      June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom Weidermeijer

    @ Goalie

    Actually, yeah, it is kind of funny. Do YOU think it is funny to use the term 'gay'?

    June 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph Chan

    What is the condition of the bear ?

    June 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • TxLatino

      dead...read the article before you post.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Somebody missed the joke.

      So much pedantry in this thread...

      June 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony Weiner

    Bears have absolutely no business flying! This is an outrage!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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