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. Jon

    They are making windshield material thinner and thinner these days. The old glass would have never let this happen. I cannot imagine how fast the suv was going to have a bear sweep the contents clear out the back window.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • John Galt

      Bears are VERY solid with dense bone and muscle. That is why you need a high powered rifle to take one down.. old style glass would have shattered as well. Although he must have hit perfectly to fly right through..

      June 8, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • NetReacher

      Even worse is hitting a moose where the odds are even worse in getting killed. Because of their long legs that are usually the first thing broken causing this 900-1400 lb. mass coming thru your windshield!.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Older windshield glass would have actually been worse. Windshields are much stronger and safer with huge safety improvements in tempered glass than they were years ago. No windshield ever made could withstand a 250 pound bear flying at it even if the vehicle was traveling only 20 mph. I know this because auto glass repair has been my father's business for the last 36 years until he retired last year.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ph

      So you're telling me that the 90's 4runner in the picture was made, "these days?" It's an older vehicle, granted it's not a 1968 pontiac, but it's older nonetheless. Windshields are the safest they've ever been now days, you're either assuming that the windshield in question was undamaged, or that a BEAR isn't a solid enough animal to fly through a windshield. Do this, hit a person that weighs 250lbs with your car windshield and see if they don't go through.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • jamie

      Jon, the style of windshields these days is safer for passengers in the majority of accidents. Windshields aren't being made differently purely to be cheaper, it has come as changes in safety (the way they break apart in most auto crashes). You can't protect against everything however. There will always be freak accidents like this. You design to protect for the majority of accidents.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Cannuck

      As a firefighter, I have cut through quite a few windshields, and I have to tell you that they are definately made rugged. Unlike all other windows in a vehicle that is tempered glass (will shatter into a million pieces when punctured in one spot), the windshield is made of laminated glass and is extremely tough. Unfortunately for these poor people, it still is no match for 250lbs worth of bear at full velocity. Windshields today are much tougher than older generations, contrary to what Jon was saying... assuming he meant before they started using laminates.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff chappell

      1st, a BEAR going 40 or 50 MPH and a windshield going the opposite direction at the same speeds mean a base impact speed of 100 MPH. NO Windshield will stop that.

      2nd, several years ago in Michigan (where there are more deer killed by cars than by hunters) the exact same thing happened with a deer. One hit it and it went through the front of the oncoming car, killing both folks inside.

      Rack it up to the worst luck ever, but don't pretend you were safer in older cars.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      "They are making windshield material thinner and thinner these days. The old glass would have never let this happen." That is categorically, blatantly, ludicrously incorrect. No glass windshield will stop wwo hundred and fifity lbs impacting it at 55mph. It's ridiculous to even think so.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      What a rediculous thread this is. Wow, really?

      June 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. mizh

    What a shame. I wish ALL wildlife knew to avoid paved areas so things like this wouldn't happen. I'm sorry for all loss of life.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      If humans knew to avoid wildlife areas this wouldn't happen either, and that's a lot more likely than teaching bears about road safety.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • rs

      The loss of life is sad.

      Over time animals with a propensity to wander on the road are less likely to reproduce.

      Animals that avoid the road are more likely to reproduce.

      Evolution in action. Though it might take several hundreds or thousands of years!

      June 8, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      well if humans stop encroaching on wildlife territories as much as they do....things like this could be minimized. Poor Bear... I cant seem to get why people are so stupid

      June 8, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith B

      There food, we are the top of the chain. Go hug a wild bear, you will end up right where you belong. Friggin tree huggers, probably vote for door surfers too.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      People need to sop driving like these roads are their personal high speed rails. Hazards come from all over. This could just as easily been a chink of retread off a tractor-trailer. If you're zooming along right on the tail of the car in front, you have no avoidance options when something happens. Obviously, this SUV was right on the lead cars tail because certainly this bear wasn't in the air hovering around waiting for a car to Kamikazee. Had the SUV been further, behind, the bear would have hit the ground and those people likely would have been alive.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Domino

      @GT66, the SUV was coming from the opposite direction. There is nothing in the story that says anything that would lead anyone to be able to infer that he was tailing anything.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraven

      @ GT66. Read the article again. The SUV was not behind the car. I was an oncoming vehicle.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. tomas

    I hope all the tree huggers are happy

    June 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • 3Hugger

      I am!

      June 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • GHale

      What are you blathering on about? This is the sort of tragic accident that the "tree huggers" have been warning about.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      tomas: You sir are an idiot.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jainTN

      Hey Tomas, why was that comment even necessary? If people care about wildlife and nature they should be happy that two people and a black bear were killed in a horrific manner? Honestly, "people" like you make me scratch my head and wonder what life altering event turns them into such a complete and utter tool.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    That was Yogi looking for a picanic basket.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • jainTN

      Not even remotely funny.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @jainTN You really need to get over your self righteous self. If you also drive a vehicle, this could happen to you. You all claim to love the environment so much. But you are adding to its demise like everyone else. GROW UP

      June 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WPD

    No one in the car that originally hit the bear was hurt. Two people in the SUV that the bear subsequently hit were killed.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ludwig

    Since I live about 15 minutes from where the accident happened, I can maybe elaborate on this. The bear wasn't 250 but close to 400 pounds. The two people sitting in the front of the SUV died and the passenger in the back was hurt. Bears around the Ottawa region have been seen more often than in the past. People leave their garbage out and the bears are hungry! What happened was a freak accident. Alot of deer get it on that stretch of road but this is the first time I hear about a bear. I guess he had other things on his mind like getting la*d!!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • EmeraldCity

      He got laid all right. To rest.

      Thanks for the details.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richaroo

    I can BEAR-ly imagine how scary that must have been. Very sad. Wait a minute.....what?????

    June 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. JB

    Wow. You just don't see news articles with that headline too often. But too bad for the bear's family line, eh? Unless he had siblings, his family line is just about done. But, when I have to go, I'd choose to have a freak accident over every other kind of demise. It's so quick that you don't know what the heck happened until you're outside of your [former] body (per most religious beliefs). Beats the crud out of cancer or heart disease in my book.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. hingedlwnb

    Wow, flying bears. I guess we're all f____d now.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Funniest comment so far. You, sir, win the internet.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter D

    You (and I) took the last habitats away from wild life. 99% of all habitats are gone (you took them). This should tell you that you NEED to protect the remaining wild life: YOU are able and capable of building fences and other protection for wild life. YOU are aware and posess the solutions. Europe implemented such solutions. You are still being careless, non-caring, etc, until all wild life disappears, and you, including – because wild life is an indicator of YOUR well being. You cannot survive without echo-systems. Bottom lines do not support echo-systems. Echo-systems support echonomies. You are nothing without your economy.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      eco

      June 8, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • KelvinKunuck

      Wow, quite the rant there. Somebody forget thier meds?

      June 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. truckerman

    Bears fly?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      Fruit flies like a banana.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Googlybear

    perhaps they should just have someone read the article aloud. sheesh.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. nunster

    Well the bear was looking to get some action.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. it's a carla thing

    "The SUV's driver and a backseat passenger were killed; a front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries, police told CBC. No one in the car was hurt."

    WHAT? No one in the car was hurt?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      I believe the reference is to the first car that caused the flying bear to become said flying bear.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. mm

    Too bad it wasn't that critter in my backyard. I want him or her dead!

    June 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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