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. unowhoitsme

    My condolences to the families.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Nice to see a compassionate post for once on CNN. Kudos to you unowhoitsme

      June 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cidel Fastro

    OK OK!!, WE GET IT 7th GRADER JOE! Just don't tell our parents we can't spell!

    June 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OldHippieDude

    Canada is "America."

    June 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    I would have thought a bear weighs way more than 300lbs. Must have been a runt. Sad story though.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaskan

      Actually, a three hundred pound black bear is pretty good sized. Blackies are not big bears like Brownies or Grizzlies. A huge Alaskan Blackie maxes out at 500 pounds and that is a truly huge one. 300 pounds is much more normal.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*choco monster

    its a common chinese propaganda tactic to amplify, duplicate, or otherwise contribute to tasteless discussions with their english speaking internet army, and then make posts telling us what a horrible country we are. Anytime there is US bashing, high probability some or all of isnt originating here.

    June 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      I may tend to agree with you but this happened in Canada.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jones

    I think this means that the Bruins are gonna smash the Canucks XD

    June 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cidel Fastro

    Aaaayyy.... NORTH AMERICA!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Cuba is part of North American, dyslexic one.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. senty

    My condolences to the bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scream 5

    this accident is so bizarre like something out of the movies

    June 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dnsf

    Go Bears!

    June 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johnny Quid

    This article has the best quotes "It was a 300-pound bullet" I could use this one at the bar or at a club to dodge a fatty.
    "It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking – sometimes recklessly – for females" this is one is for all mankind and it's mating season all year long for us!

    June 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA

    Further proof that bears are marauding, godless killing machines. I've been warning you for years now, people.

    June 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    Condolences to the families.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. betty

    Poor bear. 🙁

    June 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sthrngodsgirl

    My sincere condolences to each of the families involved in this unusual tragedy.. However, the reporter apparently didn't read or edit this story toward the end..
    The comment, "It's bear mating season, and many male bears are out looking – sometimes recklessly – for females, so drivers on rural roads should be watchful", was just plain funny..
    Male bears are out looking, (for females, as opposed to males); also, is it just the FEMALE drivers on the rurals roads should be watchful???

    June 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
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