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. We May Be Alive

    Cars should be made better.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ibrad

    Maybe he was out looking for picnic baskets? I`m sure the ranger isn`t going to like this eh, boo boo

    June 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • FanUP


      June 9, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Franco

      There is something wrong here.. A Pontiac Sunfire is the size of a Toyota Corolla for a 300 lb male bear to go flying like that it must of been going quite fast and nothing happened to those people?

      June 9, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Wow.....Seriously ibrad, that's the best you can come up with? Must have been sitting in front of the computer for ages before you came up with that knee-slapper.....

      June 9, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bears are cute and cuddly

      I think Brad was replying to my comment...see above.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. almxx

    And they went free to do it all again. Looking to the two major corrupt parties for anything for the average American is an exercise in stupidity. We need third party candidates elected in one sweep, if we ever want a change to the major corruption of this government.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mason

    Ur an A$$ it's not funny

    June 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    I live in Canada, less than 15kms (7 miles) from where it happened. This article has several mistakes in it. First it was a 25 and 40 yr old who were killed, and the 25 yr old was driving. Secondly, Her 28 yr old BF was in the passenger seat and SURVIVED. Get your facts straight CNN.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • markinFL

      actually that is pretty much what it says in the article except they got her age at 35 instead of 25.

      June 9, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mrs.Williams

    I'm guessing the statement about the male bears looking for a mate, sometimes "recklessly" is a joke. I'm hoping it is anyhow.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dannon

    I thought it was funny... of course, I removed the stick a long time ago

    June 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lee

    Grow up! Seriously! So many disrespectful people it makes me sick. Have some respect for families that are dealing with the loss .

    June 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. McUhoh

    Did the bear die?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Always looking to help the mentally deficient, so here you go:

      Opening Sentence.....17th word; BEAR.....18th word; DEAD

      June 9, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. armywife1425

    It's really sad that such a tragic and unfortunate incident that claimed lives is a joke to some! I pray you never have such a travesty happen to you or someone you love! Think of the one's hurting before making such horrible remarks!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. StrangeBreed

    Comedy is tragedy plus time... we're just skipping a step or two.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    I can't stop laughing; I can't help but picture a bear in a cape just flying along, minding his own business, maybe saving some bear from a bear-supervillian, when BAM an SUV comes along and nails it and suddenly reality reasserts its self and the bear dies because bears can't be superman lol.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boots11

      Ok, seriously... this DID make me laugh. Tragic story, but it IS hard not to laugh a little. I had that same thought, Dave.

      June 9, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Bast

      Ya it's hilarious, Dave. Right up until it's someone in your own family.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. aboccia

    Is this going to turn into a race thing since it was a black bear? I guess Al Sharpton will now be making a trip up to Canada.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Anthony

    I'd like to feel offended, but it's such a pathetic 'joke' that I can't muster up an ounce of outrage.....

    June 9, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    What happened to the bear? Y'know, Who, what when where how? The bear, that thing in the headline. What happened to it?

    June 9, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • plzreedbedur

      Come on man, seriously. Read the first sentence again. Just once. And if you still don't know the answer, donate your laptop to the homeless, as you 1) don't deserve the technology on your lap and 2) must have gotten lucky when you not only managed to turn your laptop on, but also got to a serious adult website like cnn.com

      June 9, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Another Steve

      Are you unable to read. At the end of the first sentence it states clearly that the bear was killed. Dolt!

      June 9, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
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