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. CanadaIsNumber1Eh

    It's really too bad america is the poorest, dumbest, most useless nation on earth. It's no wonder its citizens are all flocking to canada, eh.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. El Chino

    I once saw a flying cow. It was wild. It buzzed my house and then headed due north.

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

      I am waiting for the pigs to fly by so I can win the lottery!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fitler Square

    Meanwhile, in the civilized world, we use the contraction "you're", not the attributive "your" when needed.

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

      I love you. What? 😀

      June 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • speckledmom

      This site is messed up today. I see now why replies are scattered out randomly. I hit reply and I ended up randomly posted.

      dammitalltohell.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUSH FAN

      AGREED

      June 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • senseless

      Everyone duck! The grammar Nazis have arrived! Wait ... it was just a bear, missed us completely ...

      June 9, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. jikjl

    did it 4 teh lulz

    June 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brad A.

    @GeorgeJr: Texas tried to *leave* the Union in 1861. Texas used to be part of Mexico before that. But what does that have to do with a wildlife-related traffic accident in Canada?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @brad a: texas was an independent country between being part of mexico and being part of the US. I believe as part of accepting statehood, it reserves the right to split into 3 states if it wanted to. 6 texan senators.. Imagine.. Figured while we were off-topic..

      June 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. :)!!!!!!!!

    Can you not be serious for a minute????

    June 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jt

      Alright I was serious, Now what???

      June 9, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. The Curator

    Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jubaee

    This whole tragedy is quite unbearable....

    June 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lizard

    Hey idiot, the SUV didn't cause the accident. Furthermore, your post is entirely irrelevant to the story even if the SUV had been the vehicle the bear was initially struck by.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Freedom Bear

    FREEEDOM!!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Major Wood

    "It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking – sometimes recklessly – for females..." I'm telling ya, for man or beast, trying to scare up some leg will always get you in trouble! On a more serious note, R.I.P. to the two human victims of this unfortunate – and bizarre accident!

    June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sonas76

    This is EXACTLY why Stephen Colbert has been warning us about bears for years.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • rumncokes666

      very nice

      June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bruinsbear

    Poor Bear just wanted to get laid...

    June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rumncokes666

      The poor bear did get laid ' GOT LAYED OUT

      June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Wow do some of you ever need to grow up. I don't see how an article about two people and a bear dying can turn into calling people names and completely disrespecting the victims’ families. You people are pretty stupid, and completely thoughtless.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ange

      I could not agree more. I really wonder if people are trying to get a reaction – positive or negative. A sudden accident such as this is tragic. I was widowed at 30 by sudden car accident. I am now 34 and it would have been our 15 year wedding anniversary this year. The pain remians. Yes, it get easier, but you never forget. I hope the people posting the non sense never have to experience such an event. The young lady and man had their future taken from them. The family is now left to pick up the pieces and try and move on. No one involved will ever be the same. My thought are with all of their family and friends.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      We used to see similar accidents in the Middle East, when a car hit a camel and the camel went through the windshield. It was very, very rare when the driver survived OR the passenger. The camel, never.
      Wow, talk about a freak accident in THIS case! 🙁

      June 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      Completely agree. Pretty sick.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. scarr

    Stop saying that they need to fix what they said about nobody being hurt, people, they mean that nobody in the FIRST car that sent the bear into the 2nd car was hurt.

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