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. billybob

    I called uncle AL but he couldn't bear to hear that they were targetting black bears.I didn't know that bears could fly.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. billybob

    You know, this IS a sad story; however it is framed by CNN as a flying bear tale. Who cannot resist taking aim at that?

    June 9, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hayley Devlin

    What a horrifyingly gruesome way to die! Those poor people!

    June 9, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. norskenr

    The physics of this whole thing is amazing. 300 pounds of bear made airborne by a compact car, then being small enough to go THROUGH the windshield and out the back window instead of just wrapping itself across the front end. AND not killing the passenger on the right, unless he had time to duck. Also, no projecting headrests on the SUV's front seats for the bear to hang up on? My apologies to the families involved if this is genuine, but I smell an Internet hoax news item here. More and more.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • TheWiz71

      Did you read the article – a 300 pound massive object flying at a high rate of speed is not "hang up on" on headrests – smash through them, yes, get stuck on them, no. It was a terrible accident, not an internet hoax. Hope you eat your words.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sheila

    I'm relieved it wasn't a CHICAGO bear! This NFL lockout shouldn't be deadly. My condolences....

    June 9, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony

    Knowing how warped and demented hunters are, this is probably the latest obscene method they've devised for killing helpless animals. Traps, rifles, and crossbows just got too routine...and they needed a bigger challenge.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. High in the woods

    I would like to pay my respect to the poor bear. It was bear mating season and he couldn't find a mate, such a tragic experience for any bear to go through. All those female bears truly missed out, it's not everyday when you can find a bear that can fly and play dead. 

    June 9, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tom McNassor

    Lets have some respect for speed. When people are in the cab of their cars or trucks, they are in a comfort zone. I played football in high school, and I took some good hits, but the guys were not that heavy. I still remember the pain, but here is this three hundred pound bear, flying through the sky. Yeah, that would couse some pain, and or death.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Enraged!

    Either you're having a nose bleed or have your head shoved up somone's ass!

    June 9, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. calmncool

    Twenty five pages of comments, many of them jokes and silly remarks. Someone mentioned daycare. That's ONE solution. Another would be a time out – of perhaps a week, while people get their silliness under control.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. navidson

    I think the story would have been better if they had said the bear "sailed through" the windsheild. It paints a more interesting mental picture.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • TheWiz71

      Umm...ok. Have fun picturing that.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Remind me not to go to Canada.
      Flying bears are dangerous.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      It would also help if the picture and description matched. That is not a Pontiac Sunfire in the picture. A Sunfire is a compact car, not a SUV

      June 9, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • @ norm

      ok norm thats like me saying, remind me not to go to America where building fall on you.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • KM

      @STEPHEN Read the entire article. The Sunfire struck the bear first and launched the it into the SUV (pictured). The SUV sustained the major damage and had the fatalities occur inside it (my guess as to why they pictured it over the sunfire).

      June 9, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      What and IDIOT

      June 9, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      It should say "thrown"

      June 9, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      So Much SAFER to be in a Pontiac than a nissan – ANY Day! Another example of the Inferior structural integrity and unsafe design of nissan vehicles. Sorry to see the Excellent Pontiac Brand discontinued – but Buick has picked up where Pontiac has left off. GM Makes the STRONGEST, BEST and SAFEST Vehicles on the road. Drive a GM Vehicle with Confidence and Peace of Mind – Risk your life in toyotas, hondas, nissans and other similar unsafe tin boxes.

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

      Wow Bill.... You are truly stupid. A bear flying into a car's windshield at 40 to 50 mph while the car is driving towards the bear at 55 mph would cause much more damage than a car driving into a bear with it's bumper. The bear would have done the same damage to a suburban if launched at its windshield.

      June 9, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      The vehicle in the picture is the smashed-up tin box nissan pathfinder death-box. The Pontiac Sunfire was driven away from the scene but the nissan tin-box poor excuse for an suv had to be towed.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Extremophil

    I had no idea that bears could fly.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • djsteviemac

      Hey I bet you can fly too, if you were hit at 56 mph LOL.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff S

    These comments are great and at the same time make me want to cry. How do people make it through life when they cannot read and then comprehend what they read?

    June 9, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Sounds to me, The speed was ALOT faster than was stated, it would take much faster to send a 300 lb object to do that much damage...I'd have to put it closer to 70-75 mph.

    June 9, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You're an idiot and obviously don't know anything about math and physics. The bear was hit by the eastbound car into the westbound car. The eastbound car (Pontiac Sunfire – over 3000 lbs with passengers) was traveling at 55mph and struck the 300 lb bear. The bear was probably flying @ 50 mph into the westbound SUV when it hit it. If the SUV was driving 55 mph, that is the equivalent of the SUV sitting still and being hit a 300 lb bear flying at 105 mph. If you think an SUV's front and rear windshields are enough to stop this then you're dumber than you sound.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • vbscript2

      Joe, a car moving 55 mph has a LOT of momentum. Far more than enough to propel a 300 lb bear through the air. As previously stated, you must then add the magnitude of the velocity of the bear and of the SUV it struck, since they were moving in roughly opposite directions to determine the force applied. Thus, relative to the SUV it hit, the bear would have been moving 100+ mph. A 300 lb object hitting your windshield at 100+ mph will almost certainly go through it.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. fazimy

    C'mon people! F@@k the bear! Two people have died and everybody is concerned about the death of the freaken bear...

    June 9, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Human population now 6,999,999,998, bear population now 324,999. I care more about the bear.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Franny

      Please settle down. It's both tragic for the People as well as the bear. A very horrible accident, and my sympathies to the families.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
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