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. Jason K

    The people in the Pontiac are lucky it wasn't a moose, the car would have vaporized on impact and the Nissian in the opposing lane would have seen the live action version of Return of The Jedi where the A-Wing kamikazes the SSD bridge.

    This is why if you live in Canada you should legally be allowed to drive a tank. This way you have a slim chance of surviving this, and you can use the cannon to clear the avalanches.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyokol

      When I travel trough Canada I drive one of those tiny smart cars, however I have my arm hanging out of the window with a Magnum 44 in my hand to deflect incoming game.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      The story is so tragic and my heart goes out to everyone involved and their families. I have to say though, that is the best statement ever! You can never go wrong in a tank

      June 25, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. spalin

    Why did God allow this to happen?

    June 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • gwtree

      Duh maybe because there is no god.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Massinissa

      Or if god does exist he simply cares more about eating popcorn than for normal people 🙂 Whether there is a god or not, worship is rather pointless... He isnt listening to unimportant people, I assure you.

      June 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred bazzeeda

      because God doesn't exist, that's why....

      June 20, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      So the world must work in perfect harmony for you to believe in a Creator? Nobody ever dies, cause and effect and freewill has no bearing on outcomes of events? An event such as this is not proof of no God, the fact that there are bears and humans is.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • CommentsClown

      Because it was the bear's time.

      June 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      I was in the rest room when it happened, sorry about that.

      June 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oodoodanoo

      If there were a God, then the SUV would have been a 747, the bear would have been a giant squid, and this would have happened in the Himalayas.

      June 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yogi

    I once got hit by a car chasing a mating partner. It was a horrific experiance. The only thing that helped the pain was a bottle of Jack Daniels. I did contemplate using the gun to end it all. I will never go back to texas again. The Park Ranger said Boo Boo made it across.

    June 18, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. scir91onYouTube

    this is the ghost of GRIZZLY MAN

    June 20, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. bill

    the bear didn.t have alcahol on it's breath

    June 20, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. J.

    Wait a second. People still drive Pontiac Sunfires?

    June 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. UGH

    God certainly exists and is present everyday. Things happen because it is life. You think that this is any more tragic than a 4 year old suffering from Leukemia? It's all tragic. God has his reasons and it's not for you or me to understand. Our job is to live life and be the best people we can be. God hears everyone because we are all important....I assure you.

    June 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      God has his reasons to give a 4 year old leukemia?

      June 22, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Xerxes

    I haven't laughed this hard in 2 months.

    June 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jessicaber

    Oh, well good for you Xerxes.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Randy

    Whoever made this report did not do a good job. They did not say if anyone was wearing a seat belt!

    June 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randy

    They did not say if anyone was wearing a seat belt!

    June 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mag3.14

    Pontiac Sunfire is not an SUV. I think CNN got the vehicle of Casey Anthony mixed up with this story.

    June 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Linda

    I'm surprised the godbots aren't coming out of the woodwork and claiming it's a "miracle" that some of the people in the car survived uninjured.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dave

    This is almost unbearable to read. And then to have to bear the heavy load of reading thru all these comments, where people bare their souls.....

    June 30, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott from NH

    I was exactly there in a minivan last week! But I was worried about hitting a moose. Quebec has signs all over the roads warning of risk of moose collision. And my state, New Hampshire, has signs that say "Brake for Moose, it could save your life" As if people drive into bears and moose intentionally, or had some way of avoiding them.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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