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. Ravinus

    Ange, sorry to hear about your uncle's passing.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cidel Fastro

    Hey Mr. Lennon, is the bear there with ya?

    June 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • anthony mariano

      I hate you so much dont make fun of a beatle thats not funny

      June 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bear

    I let out my pet bear last night for a walk and it hasn't come home yet. I am not worried though because he always heads for the highway when he is unsure of an area and he will flag down a car and ask for directions.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Peabody

      That was... awesome!

      June 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bear

    Rest in Peace Bear. You will not be forgotten.

    R.I.P. Bear 2003-2011
    Loved to eat.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andre Salzmann

    I dont know how the victim's families can bear going through this hardship......

    June 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joanne

    So sad. Condolences to the families. This just goes to show you that you have to live your life to the fullest everyday because you never know what could happen.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andre Salzmann

    i hope time flies by for the victims families..faster then the bear...i dont know how they can bear feeling all the grief and sorrow..i wish i can personally meet them and give them a bearhug for comfort..

    June 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cidel Fastro

    You idiots! You were supposed to make fun of the bear, not the people! I turn away for a few minutes and... ooohhhh, forget it.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charlie

    But apparently uneducated, try "you're" as in "you are", not "your" as in "your very small brain"

    June 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    @phil: Amen, brother

    June 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Malakas

    When are humans going to learn? It may already be too late! Human beings, are to a great extent, influencing global climate change and new patterns. Repeat to yourself. So what lies behind America's resistance to acceptance and action? The lobbying power of industries, and right wing talk radio, resist acknowledgement of climate change's impact. The airwaves are filled with corporate financed climate misinformation. We are 2 decades behind in taking action because both parties are in thrall to Big Coal and Big Oil. Our time is getting short, and the stakes are high. Not to adapt and change is to consign billions of people to death and destruction. Our human race could become extinct as well!

    June 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. obama

    well at least no one died thats whats imporatant

    June 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim H.

    The incident is a tragedy for those who died as well as their surviving loved ones, and it's a reminder that we can't control every aspect of our lives including in most instances when and how we will die.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    we are that cool.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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