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. steve

    if the morons would read the article carefully it states ," the bear was hit by a car and then bounced off and into a suv. no one in the car was injured, but two deaths in the suv." smh. people need to get your eyes checked!

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

      No people need to stop getting a sense of power from being "concern trolls" on the internet. Skepticism is a great value, but you are all doing it wrong. Read a book on critical thinking and social psychology before you open your mouths again, fools.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      It could have been more clear but it's not that bad...when they say no one in the "car" was hurt, they're referring to the "small car" not the "SUV".

      June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. hillcrester

    The criticism of the writer is unfounded. In this very short article, there is a "car" ("small") and an "SUV" (spelled out). There were different outcomes for the occupants of the car and the SUV. The writing is a bit condensed but correct.

    I am amazed the bear's path could propel in in the windshield and then out the back window. Something about momemtum = mass x velocity? and inertial force?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. lml

    Well, so much for everyone needing those big a** gas guzzler SUV's for SAFETY. Wonder if the car was a Geo (remember those?)

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

      There would just be a dead bear and dust.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Yeah because soooo many vehicles are designed with airborne bears in mind right? You're an idiot.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. half-fast

    And that you NEVER start a sentence with "and..." (Farmer)

    June 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mikey

    Come folks can't read, and others don't spell very well. Two vehicles – a CAR and a SUV. The CAR hit the bear, which was launched into the SUV where two people were killed, and one was injured. No one in the CAR was injured. Pretty clear to me. Nothing wrong with the reporting THIS TIME.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      Hey! watch the bigotry against us come folks.

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

      Yet you start a sentence off with "Come" instead of "Some". Fail.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. christina

    although what happen to that little girl was so tragic iam so tired of hearing about it myself and as for the bear people need to stop being so dumb and reckless with there driving and slow down.

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

      Where id they say the car was speeding? I love how you jump to the conclusion that it was the fault of the driver for speeding and being reckless, when they could very well have been behaving completely appropriately and the bear just ran out right in front of them giving them no time to react.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. OMG

    What's scarier than a male bear on the prowl during mating season?

    A FLYING male bear on the prowl during mating season!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. moose

    Funny how news picks and chooses when they report this stuff. It happens a lot. Last week we had a motorcycle which his a whitetail deer, killing the cyclist. Didn't make national headlines though? This is not an uncommon occurance actually. In fact, in the northern US where larger animals such as moose, elk or bighorn sheep - or even open-range cattle are prsent, vehicles are designed with this in mind. I've seen local news photos recently of a bull moose completely decapitating a smaller sedan at 70mph - made it into an instant convertable. There isn't much a practical usage design can do when meeting a 1000 lb animal which has a body height above the hood of a standard sedan, can do. Best bet is to try to avoid it but sometimes, as in this case, that doesn't always happen.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah

    Well what can you expect from canadians?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • donna

      WTH?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Sarah: This is the type of comment that I would expect from an American. Very typical.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      Please explain what it is you're talking about.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Why would police in Quebec have details on an accident in Ontario? "Police in Miami confirm that the accident in San Francisco had two casualties..." Another journalistic fail. Yesterday it was "Police discover 20 bodies of women and children on Texas Farm." Where'd that one go?

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

      Because Luskville is in Quebec, not Ontario. Look at a map.

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

      can you read? the accident was in Quebec

      June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      was that texas story the one where they were led there by a psychic who has since run off when no bodies were found?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • PaddyReagan

      Look at a map and you'll see that Luskville is in Quebec, just across the border from Ontario at a point northwest of Ottawa. The reporter was correct including the use of the nearest major landmark to help readers identify the location.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      Luskville, the town where this happened, is actually in Quebec. The reporter just used Ottawa, ON as a reference point on where the accident occurred since Luksville is not as well known as Ottawa.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. localboy

    That highway is barely two lanes wide with practically no shoulder to speak of so there are several deaths every year. I know that's not much to you americans with your freeways but for us, it's bad. Quebec is our Mississippi or Louisiana...crap infrastructure and no one smart or educated enough to do anything about it. They are too busy worrying that people are speaking English...no joke.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. cory

    "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."

    -Excellent writer/proof reader skills

    June 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      SUV does not equal car. Two vehicles were involved.

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

      The writer is referring to the car that struck the bear. Got to think about what you just read before complaining about the writing.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Jonathan:
    Yes, I know where Quebec is because I've gone to Canada many times to play concerts. There's usually some unhappiness with Canadian customs because when USA artists are booked there, it takes money away from Canada's own wonderful arts programs and artists.
    As for "what is the capital of Canada," many may not know because we'd rather go somewhere other than Ottawa.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. TheWiseOne84

    I really had my hopes up that bears had starting flying. How cool would that be!? Talk about fun camping/hunting/survival trips out to Canada!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Clemmy

    Come on everyone, have some sensitivity for the ones who didn't make it (and the others involved who must be devostated) and stop worrying about semantics. You are the types of people that these things happen to – be mindful of KARMA!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
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