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. mm

    This is what happens when you have your weiner on your mind...people get hurt and killed.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Weiner humor is OK, but try to keep it relevant when applying. It doesn't belong here. Unless, of course, you are obsessed with weiners.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • jake

      get a life cheney

      June 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Don't laugh. They literally found that poor bear's wiener laying right on top of his mind. Very gruesome.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Louis

    Well, THAT's my Canada to me. We don't have earthquakes much, I've heard of a tsunami, 200 years ago. Not much volcanoes either... We could die because of bad beer, but that only happened once 50 years ago. There are floodings and forest fires, but... yawn... So I'm almost glad we finally have a natural disaster of our own to be proud of : "flying bears" !

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

      Don't forget Celine Dione. You have her too.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • opinion

      funny!

      June 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaking my head

      Satire regarding this accident is inappropriate, to say the least. I cannot believe that someone could find humor in a story involving the deaths of two people. Perhaps the Candians are like their French parents: apathetic. Your indifference or lack of sensitivity to the persons that died is reprehensible.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • 2/8

      Hehehehehe....

      June 8, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • 2/8

      Actually, us Canadians have to have a sense of humour when living next to a certain trouble making country....

      June 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaking my head

      Again: REPREHENSIBLE!!!!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • 2/8

      Hey, don't get me wrong, it's sad when someone passes over. But I promise they're probably laughing about it on the other side. Sounds pretty creepy, I know, but I'd certainly be shaking my head saying "Man, can't believe I went out like THAT".

      June 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. ronda

    some of you idiots need to go back to school and learn how to read. there were to vehicles involved a car and an suv. two of the three in the suv were killed and one was hurt. no one in the CAR was hurt. and as far as you morons that think its that easy to avoid an animal that pops out of no were your sadly mistaken and need to get off your buts leave the city and drive in the mountains and a dirt road evey day and see if you don't hit some thing.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • linda

      too funny.... a future politian no doubt! 'I support the bill before didn't support it" or, "of course we didn't read the bill, it's 9000 pages, we'll vote on it first and then read it to see what it says"... it's a sad state of affairs that's for sure.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • farmer

      And some of you need to learn capitalization and spelling.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • wiley

      Ronda-
      Before casting the stone you should use spell check....to is actually spelled two and buts is spelled butts. I would restrain myself from referring to others as idiots if spelling those two words poses a challenge for you.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • godless_blashpemer_heathen

      And some idiot needs to go back to school to learn the proper usage of to, too, and two.

      " there were to vehicles"

      June 8, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • JEN

      "there were to vehicles"

      That would be TWO.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Clearwater

      some of you idiots need to go back to school and learn how to read. there were to vehicles involved a car and an suv. two of the three in the suv were killed and one was hurt. no one in the CAR was hurt. and as far as you morons that think its that easy to avoid an animal that pops out of no were your sadly mistaken and need to get off your buts leave the city and drive in the mountains and a dirt road evey day and see if you don't hit some thing.

      @Ronda - I love that you start your post telling others to go back to school and learn to read. Perhaps you should go back to school and learn to spell. "to" vehicles? "its" "no were" "your" "buts" "some thing" - all used and/or spelled improperly.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • duh...winning

      Interesting. You are calling people idiots because they may have gotten part of the story wrong yet it is almost impossible to read what you wrote. You have more grammar and spelling errors than should be legally allowed.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brokenteeth

    Did the bear die?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      Yes, as stated in the article.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • donna

      According to the article I read, yes.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Yes, he did. He had prostate cancer.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Does anyone else notice that it says, "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."

    If you're a journalist, DO IT RIGHT! Being anal aside, what a sad a tragic accident. My condolences goes to the family and friends of the victims (and the bear's).

    June 8, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      There were two vehicles – a car and an SUV. I don't even know why I'm wasting my time replying to you.

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

      It is SO funny when a nitpicker mis-picks his nits. Maybe you should relax and quit being so hypercritical of an article about a car accident involving as bear..?

      June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • meadowmuffin

      There were two vehicles...the car hit it, it then went over the car and through the suv which was travelling behind the car.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Terrible accident

      Actually, the car, which was heading east, hit the black bear – sending it into the westbound (oncoming) traffic – hitting a Nissan Pathfinder, which killed the driver and a backseat passenger. There was another passenger in the front of the SUV that was not injured.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Chris, I do picture you as being into anal.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Odd

    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??? You just told us 2 people died and one was injured – how was "no one in the car hurt"?

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

      There were fatalities and injuries in the SUV the bear flew through, but not in the car that hit the bear and sent it flying in the first place.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      It's Canada. They have a really good health care system.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. dave

    RIP bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. the Laughing Prospector

    I didn't know bears could fly. Ha ha ha...burp... ha ha ha...burp... ha ha ha...burp...

    June 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. CBO

    ..... sometimes the bear gets you.

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

    So sad, the poor bear 🙁

    June 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bobby

    People need to read more carefully – a CAR and an SUV were involved. The people who died were in the SUV. No one in the CAR was hurt. It's not hard to understand, if you actually read the article.

    My condolences to the families of those who were killed.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    to vehicles, I think you mean two vehicles

    June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    It's a freak accident but things like this happen. Years ago in florida I heard of a deer getting hit with a pickup truck and sending the deer through a window of a passing car going the other way, sadly it took the car drivers head off. Freaky things can happen. Animals of this size are dangerous forces when struck with vehicles going 60mph its a lot of force to stop and a car windshield is no match, aicraft windshields ar much thicker and usually angled so the force is more of a glancing blow than a verticle hit.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • booger

      Thanks for sharing that, Dave. It was about as interesting as watching paint dry. Do you have stories from your childhood you could share, perhaps about your pet goldfish?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joe doe

    Ins companies will force cheap replacement for your busted windshield. That means inferior aftermarket stuff which is less safe than OEM. Important to check on used vehicles.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      You're not going to find a bear-proof windshield, no matter what you pay.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. tron777

    the next time you meet a bear hunter shake his hand and thank him.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jed

      Oh yes! I love senseless killing of defenseless animals! Yipee!!
      Cowards are a dime a dozen.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • booger

      I'll do just that. I meet bear hunters on a daily basis. They're usually wearing a shirt that says "I'm a bear hunter" in big letters. Oh, and I can also tell by their inbred look and sloping forehead.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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