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. Max Landids

    Mr. Ranger isn't going to like this very much Yogie. Hey hey Boo Boo.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Woah Nelly

    What are the chances of making this happen, if you wanted? The G -orces to lift a 300# Bear to then handle the impact of a windshield, and it remain in the air long enough to go out the back windshield, after hitting 2 humans and car seats along the way. IMPOSSIBLE!!!
    I pray for everyone involved and their family and friends.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |


    June 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. magnus

    poor bear, that idiot who hit the bear was probably speeding.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raf Fak

      Magnus you are the idiot

      June 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      You are a nut!!

      June 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      That was meant for magnus....

      June 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Probably drunk driving

      June 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Magnus, you are RIGHT...

      June 16, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jumbie

    Gee, I'm so glad to see drugs/alcohol weren't involved. They must've done a tox screen on the bear to reach that conclusion.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guest

    This is why I don't like SUVs. The passengers in the pontiac is fine but the people in the SUV dies. SUV give drivers and passengers a false sense of security with their bulk. But they are verry fragile and hard to handle.

    It is the worst of both worlds, the fragility of a sports car and clumbersomb handeling of a pickup.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Vee

      Really? You're going to call the SUV fragile because the Pontiac hit the bear and sent it flying into the car behind them? You are an idiot.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • kathy C

      you're saying that if they had been driving a Prius they would have know the bear was coming and ducked???

      June 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. disgusted

    I am sickened that people actually waste their time arguing back and forth on here and even more so mocking the death of people. I certainly hope that none of you have to experience such tragedy in your lives. I don't even know why I am bothering here but just had to throw my 2 cents in. How about we all just say a little prayer for those lives lost and those affected by it and leave it at that. Thank you

    June 12, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Yogi

    Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you. And you.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phillip Marlowe

    Horrible accident, hope the families find some peace in the days to come.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob M

    The bear was just mad that the Senators didn't make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Damn shame for the people involved however.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Travis

    This is why you shouldn't give bears jetpacks.

    June 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    I have a cottage 20 mins from here and actually drove by this accident on hwy #148 Ouest the other day on my way up. Feel very bad for the families affected, senseless way to die. It is a known "bear area" only compounded further by mating season. I hit a deer in almost the same spot with my 3/4 ton pickup. What is freaky is the hwy 148 is almost all single lanes – only near luskville does it open up to 4 lanes for a few miles, yet this is where animals always seem to cross (and it's also where people speed up to pass others so no one is going 90kph...)

    June 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MotoJB

    Sheesh...talk about ways to go.. SAD!!! RIP.

    June 14, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. dfielder

    Bless the families that lost loved ones. May they find peace in this time of loss.

    June 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob

    It's a shame that the vehicle involved was not a Smart car. If so, the bear would have lived.

    June 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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