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. Olaf Big

    Well, the story goes like this. A black bear wandered between a rabid republican and a dumb democrat .... and the story got completely off track, because nobody gave a damn about the bear, or the people who got killed, just another chance to beat their tattered war drum...

    June 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. razedeyebrow

    Bear flies are bad enough. But count your lucky stars it wasn't horse flies.

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

      not really funny...seeing as there is a such thing as "horse flies" ...other wise it might have been funny.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      @Krystin you aren't from GA, are you? We have horse flies that could send that bear "a'flying".

      June 9, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Seb

    I could not bear to read the article again

    June 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bearlady

    Two people were killed..as well as an innocent bear, so please keep in mind that those two people have family members that are grieving, and in absolute agony over this accident. Stop making jokes and try to understand the gravity of the situation.

    Show a little class and grow up. What is these peole were YOUR family members?

    June 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Perilous

    That poor bear. 🙁

    June 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bearlady

    Two people were killed..as well as an innocent bear, so please keep in mind that those two people have family members that are grieving, and in absolute agony over this accident. Stop making jokes and try to understand the gravity of the situation.

    Show a little class and grow up. What is these peole were YOUR family members?

    Once again....this is not about politics – it was an accident.

    Please people- grow up and show some respect.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malinda Walker Chilcote

      I agree
      . Thank You

      June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Friend of the bear

      Yes, we all need to be more considerate. Not to mention the "innocent" bear probably has friends and family who are grieving too.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Bearlady,
      If you had a grown up name, we could grow up. This story is very sad. However; there is a comic element to it. We can blame our sick sense of humor on Bugs Bunny.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ontario girl

      Thank you bearlady!
      As someone who personally knows the family of the deceased, I was horrified to see the amount of people who have made jokes about this. These people are reeling – parents shouldn`t outlive their kids, and both sets of parents did in this case.
      Please think that these were real people before you post people !!!

      June 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • disgusted

      Thank you. Some of us understand when and when NOT to be irreverent and sarcastic. This is not one of those times....

      June 9, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rick

    It's Obamas fault

    June 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIke S.

      No, he only eliminates momma grizzlies.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Silent Hunter

    n

    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Yeah, reckless bears! Shouldn't they know not to go on our roads, jeez!

    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Monica

    Canada.....

    June 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come on people - have respect !

      So because it happened in Canada that makes it alright – I'm sure his mom would LOVE that !

      June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Huh?

    Though I agree with you about suv's sucking, it was actually a pontiac sunfire that hit the bear sending it flying through the air.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lou in ME

    I'd think the world was coming to an end too If I watched Fox News...

    June 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Awesome

    Im just curious...who gets credit for the kill? Does one of the families get to keep it and have it stuffed?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Hmm

      June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      You need to be stuffed you dumba$$, is it really that hard to show compassion, it's people like you that make this world suck !!

      June 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy G

      Your joke was less than awesome, Awesome...

      June 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bruins1185

    Go BRUINS!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer

    Wow! This news is the first thing that I have found interesting in over a year.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
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