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. Ed

    "No alochol or drugs were involved." Thank goodness. The last thing we need is a drunk bear hopped up on vicodin flying through vehicles.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sheryl

    I lived in the farmlands of Michigan and worked a shift that required me to drive home late at night through long, open, dark empty roads. Really tempting to drive fast. But I didn't. I slowed down and paid attention because I knew what kinds of animals were out and about and what could happen. I could see the eyes alongside the road reflected in my headlights and I acted accordingly. In 3 years I never once hit or killed any animal or damaged my vehicle. Enough said.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bear Grylls

      So the story about 2 people dying in a freak accident is all about you? Who cares about whether or not you hit animals with your car? You are clearly an idiot! Enough said!

      June 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Wow. You're unbelievable.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      So what's your point? You're blaming the victims?

      STFU and DIAF.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • K


      June 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      Yeah but I am the first here! And I have a weiner bigger than you all.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      While this may be a freak accident, it is the driver's responsibility to drive at a safe speed and watch out for everything (from bicyclists to bears) when driving down the road. I've been driving rural roads for 41 years and have never hit a large animal and very few small ones. The same can't be said for my neighbors many of whom drive with blinders on looking only at the road directly ahead or can't put the phone down long enough to drive home!

      June 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RT

      Hahah, a wiener you twitted, I suppose. Sheryl, you ARE the tool of the day.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • RT

      Great for you too Ronny. Your turn shall come if you think about it hard enough. You must share some space in that toolbox with Sheryl.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dryhole

      Did you scan the heavens for flying bears?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      And what's your point? 2 people are dead. You actually are making this about you??? Wow. You must be single with no kids...am I right?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kauppily

      That is pretty short-sighted. You are just extremely lucky. I live in the U.P. of Michigan and I honestly probably don't know anyone from here who hasn't either hit a deer before or been in the car when one was hit.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VBD

    When I heard "bear," I was expecting a rather hefty southern sheriff.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      well thats stupid. bear is a bear. first thing that comes to anyone's mind is a Frikkin bear.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Robin – you sound like you're a lot of fun to hang out with.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrackBerryDoctor

      @Matt – coming on a little strong there buddy?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sargent Woods


    June 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shawn

    That's how I want to go too....How did you die? "Oh I got old and got cancer." And you? "I got killed by a 300 pound flying bear missile!" Epic death win!

    June 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shawn

    Unfortunately this was not Pedo-bear as no minors were present in the vehicle.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. foreigner

    This is what I love about America. You kill people, sometimes you don't get arrested sometimes you get less than 10 years and even less if you have good behavior in prison. But if you steal money, you get 40, 50 or even double life sentence. Money is more valuable in America than human life.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CV

      What are you talking about? You're saying you want the dead bear to go to prison???

      June 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CV

      And also, this happened in CANADA.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • European

      OR if you show your underpants (you know, expicit seex!), You can get death sentence!

      June 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • CV

      Ok, I am slow, I geit now. My jew friend clarified to me.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RT


      June 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    lol bears can fly

    June 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheisugly

      too bad they are blind, when they fly, silly bear, could have stayed in his cave and watch the next episode of GoT this sunday 🙁

      June 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bbare89

    The end is near. Flying bears are killing people.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ShaJen

    How did we get from car/bear accident to Bush?? Since we did, Bush has caused all of us more damage than all the accidentsduring the years he was the sorriest, poor excuse for president this country has ever seen.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AustinSeoFirm

    The bear impacted the back of the vehicle so hard, it had to be cut apart to be removed. Canadian police sliced the bear apart at the shoulders, and transported the torso back to Ottawa. Two Americans on the scene insisted that the limbs be sent to the United States because . . . we have the right to bear arms.


    June 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mehoff, jack


    June 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Me thinks you've been watching Tommy Boy too much.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JO

    Lets quit the Canada and USA bashing, both of our nations have good and bad points. A horrible tragedy occurred, my sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased and injured.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JO

    cont'd – also feel terrible for the poor bear's fate

    June 8, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ~Em

    I can't believe howinsensitive and immature half of you are. Two human beings lost their lives. Think about their families who are now arranging their burial!!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
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