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. onlynthed

    I'm pretty sure that bears weren't taught at an early age on how to cross the road. How about the stupid humans watch out?

    June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Armando

    Than we wonder why America is 24 in reading and math

    June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • mbal

      "Then." lol

      June 8, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Cletus

      Yes, we are right a head of where your are from.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • AgentStorm

      Umm this took place in Canada....duh!

      June 8, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • mbal

      Cletus: It's... We are right AHEAD of where YOU are from.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • cletussmeatus

      "You're" not "your"

      June 8, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • totaleklypse

      THEN we wonder why America is 24TH in reading and math. <<< FIXED

      .. You are one to talk..

      June 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Keith

    yeah don't report about the condition of the bear....wouldn't want to make it seem important since its just 'wildlife'...although Iits probably dead

    June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Cletus

      Read the story...the bear died. Is Keith Latin for idiot?

      June 8, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      obviously you didn't read the story

      June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • ted GUGLIELMO

      Bears dead in the first sentence.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cletus

    Wow! You just don't see that everyday.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kate

    There's no typo. No one in the car that hit the bear was hurt, only the people in the SUV.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. saddened

    @ Bob & Joey...initially it's unclear what the writer is saying..I read it twice & got it, though I'm sure the car's occupants probably had nightmares about it..awful, odd way to die!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • cletussmeatus

      Typical CNN story. The grammar and substance is much like the idiots who post. Tough to read and when one has to read the story twice for clarity it doesn't say much for the author or editor.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. EmeraldCity

    Well, Matt, looking up at the number of responses after posting this, I guess it's safe to say you stand corrected.

    FFS, though, John, it's not necessary to call him a dummy.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. bannister

    Hey Boo Boo – the Ranger isn't going to like this!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. IrishFox729

    This happened in Canada, not America so our low reading scores reflect the fact you couldn't figure that out in the story! Sigh.

    Typical male looking for a piece...they don't care who they hurt....you never know when you are going to go people...live your life now!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      I don't think most know where Quebec is.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • PeteMD

      Where is Canada? is that somewhere over seas?

      June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraven

      Isn't Quebec in Mexico, just south of Vermont?

      June 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I thought it was Kaybeck?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Canada is on top of your country...We are like the torso and you guys are like the ass..........

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

      @ Really?
      If only.
      Canada is the head, USA the torso and Mexico the ass.

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

    People please learn to read with comprehension. This tragedy involved TWO vehicles. The bear first struck a car which sent the bear airborne. No one in this car was hurt. The bear then struck the SUV pictured in the article where two people died.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • cletussmeatus

      But was the bear charged with flying without a license?

      June 8, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • PeteMD

      The car's driver should be charged with involuntary bearslaughter.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Learn to Read

    @Bob & Matt & everyone else who will complain, please re-read the article more slowly. A car and an SUV were involved. The car hit the bear. The bear flew toward an SUV. The people that were hurt were in the SUV, not the car. Although the article could possibly have been more clear, using small words and sentences as I did for you, CNN already dumbs articles for folks like you. Do they really need to write for a 5th grade level comprehension and contribute to our decline into Idiocracy?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • EmeraldCity

      You mean you didn't notice the previous multiple posts about his comment? How many times does it need to be said?

      But if it helps to bolster your superiority complex, have at it.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Louis

    Yep, that will happen from time to time.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. mbal

    The authorities could not bear to see such a grizzly accident scene.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      I'd give it a 7 outa 10, but still the best so far.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Smuba

    Sounds like everyone was driving to fast.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      People have no regard for animals, or for that matter, what could suddenly step out in front of them. Everyones always in a hurry to get nowhere.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      You're right. 56 mph is incredibly fast to be traveling on a highway. When will these speed demons learn?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      For those that are not in the know. Most highways have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour in Canada and some a little higher. If they were going 56 miles per hour they were not speeding according to the highway traffic act. End of story.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Smuba

    sorry...TOO fast.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
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