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. Ranger Rick

    When questioned for comment, BooBoo Bear is quoted as saying "YOGI was just out getting us a nice Pick-a Nick Basket! and he was mowed down in the prime of his life. Rest in Peace YOGI"

    June 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    Can't imagine a starfire going 56mi. per hr. (speed llimit in area) hitting a 300 lb. bear and sending it hurtling as it did through and out another car. I've lived in bear country in CA for 32 years and never heard of this. I suppose it could happen, but not likely. So sad for these young ones, and their families.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Not only could it happen, it did happen. Didn't you read the article?

      June 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. One for fairplay

    Casey Anthony's Sunfire strikes again

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

      Classic

      June 9, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. AUDREA

    I can not believe the comments I am reading here. People were killed in this freak accident and you guys are making jokes??? These people have family and friends that are mourning and devastated by this. Think before you speak. Would you want to see comments like this about a tragic accident involving someone you loved?

    June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Why, yes...if it was as hilarious as this. Besides, lighten up...it was only a couple of Canadians. There's way more where they came from.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    If this was a white bear no one would say a thing.. but because its a black bear....

    June 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • curtis martin

      Ha! good one!
      I mean, "Right on, BooBoo! Boy"

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

      idiot

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

      Hahaha...love it!

      June 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Speckledorfed

      LOL

      June 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Clair, lighten up. Besides, name calling is the last refuge of the weak.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      If it was a black bear, it would've stolen the Pathfinder and sold it for two crack rocks.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really????

      I shouldn't be laughing.. But in the words of that famous philosopher Larry The Cable Guy.. "I DON'T CARE WHO YA ARE.. THAT'S FUNNY RIGHT THERE!!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      June 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ladylike

    Wow! Karma is SO exacting!!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ashley

    Poor bear...

    June 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AmishAirline

    Nature always bats last.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mycology

    blame Israel?

    June 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mick

    "No alcohol or drugs were involved." I don't know...did anyone give that bear a Breathalyzer?

    June 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stevo Mc

    My uncle once saw an albino polar bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. acc999

    I didn't know bears could fly

    June 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. donna

    There are 17 pages of comments. Don't you people think that it's remotely possible that all the lame bear jokes and puns have been done already? Your attempts at humor might have been funny 7 or 8 hours ago. But then again, probably not.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. booger

    I was pretty sad until I saw that it was two Canadians that bought the farm. Then I LOL'ed until I peed.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Freddy

    WOW You can read a story about two people and a bear that are killed in an accident and still blame former President Bush for something that is no where near being related to this story. You my friend have some serious issues to overcome!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnhTuan

      We would call it a Bush syndrome.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
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