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. James

    To all you idiots out there, a CAR is NOT an SUV. The "journalist" violated a rule of being specific and clear in reporting a story.

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

      Read slowly and carefully, idiot. There are two separate vehicles.

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

      Lets increase the dosage on those anger management pills you've been taking.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You are the idiot.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Try reading the article again. A CAR hit the bear, and then the BEAR hit an SUV.

      Christ almighty, let's all not rush to be pseudo-intellectuals with complete disregard for reality, shall we?

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

      It seems that James needs reading comprehension classes in addition to anger management. Don't bother explaining the story to someone that refuses to read and understand it. Everyone else knows that there was a car and an SUV.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      The bear hit the "car"; the "car" then hurtled the bear in the air, then it hit the "SUV". Read the story.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      There were two vehicles involved – one a car, the other a SUV coming from opposite directions. The car hits bear, bear flies onto opposite side of road and goes through SUV.

      Looks like you're wrong.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • read closer

      James and others who think they're smart, read the story closer. the bear was hit by a small car, and THEN the bear flew into the SUV. so, the bear was hit twice. no on in the CAR was hurt, but two people were killed in the SUV...you're better than that

      June 8, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Danman

      Troll FAIL.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      2 people had lost their lives and you're more concerned with CNN. That's some real exposure there.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ANOTHER BEAR

      IGNORANT DRUNKEN FOOLS!!!!!!! WHO DEARS TO KILL A BEAR THAT WAY, EVEN IF IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jasonsmith@hotmail.com

      wow a bear flew in the back seat!\

      June 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      Well, this proves wrong the myth about SUVs being safer than cars.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob1

    "No one in the car was hurt" – except we clearly know that two people died in the vehicle due to this crash – right? Thank you media reporters for your stupid comment.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Dear Bob, it was pretty clear that people died in the SUV, but nobody died in the car. Please read again.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Al Akbar Saraheem

      The article says the bear hit a car, then went flying in the air and went through the windshield of a different oncoming vehicle (the SUV).

      Two vehicles in the story. The guy in the car the bear initially hit was uninjured which is what they meant. Poor writing on the author's part.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      learn how to read before you make stupid comments. "was struck by a small car. The impact sent the animal hurtling through the air, where it smashed the windshield of an oncoming sport utility vehicle"

      June 8, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • kinsey45

      I know !!! CNN going down hill they dont even proof read anymore!??!!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      No one in the CAR, as opposed to the SUV, was hurt. Slow down before you criticize so quickly.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert2

      Haha Bob, you idiot.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Arthur

      Learn to read. No one in the first car (that hit the bear) was hurt. The people that died were in the SUV.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • read closer

      people, read the story closer. the bear was hit by a small car, and THEN the bear flew into the SUV. so, the bear was hit twice. no on in the CAR was hurt, but two people were killed in the SUV...you're better than that people

      June 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      The bear was hit by a car first and then a SUV.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      It's clear to me and the rest of the world that you need to go back to elementary school and learn how to read. It says the Car hit the bear first, then the bear went flying and hit an oncoming SUV, the bear hit it in the front(dah, it was coming, opposite direction..) then the rest it's explained... No one in the car was hurt, meaning the car that hit the bear first....

      June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I don't understand why 10 people have to correct one commenter. If you see that someone else has already said "read closer, there were two vehicles" then why do you need to say it as well?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      @JC-VA you prove my point. After 10 people have already corrected this commenter, you feel the need to repeat what they are saying? What does that add?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert2

      @John Nobody cares what your point is or if 10 people have already corrected Bob1's stupid comment. Go eat an unripe banana or something.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • puck the cat

      An unripe banana! Too much

      June 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

    Too bad the bear had to die. If I was there, I would have saved the bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mima

      I would have saves the bears, too!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Billybog

    It's Obama's fault.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Al Akbar Saraheem

      I can't bear comments like this!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    It's Bush's fault.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      You're momma has a bush.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. MFH

    They should outlaw bears in Canada.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    F Karma.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. steven

    What do you expect from Canadians? dude Canada kicks your ar$$ for driving in the wild country, come up north here and see what a real forest looks like, not those mowed down little gardens you have in the states.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. hingedlwnb

    It's Palin's fault. She could see the bear from her house and did nothing to warn the driver.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Big Brain

    I don't like flying bears.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohammad Al Akbar Saraheem

      Yeah no kidding. A flying bear: now THERE's a killing machine.

      On the bright side, the people who died from it can sound all bad-ass on their epitaph: "Killed by a flying bear."

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

    Back to high school (maybe elementary ) reading class 101 for some folks!!

    June 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. read closer

    people, read the story closer. the bear was hit by a small car, and THEN the bear flew into the SUV. so, the bear was hit twice. no on in the CAR was hurt, but two people were killed in the SUV...you're better than that people

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

      Out of 50+ commenters, there are only 2 people who misinterpretted the article. Besides, if you read the last 6 pages of comments, you'll see you're incredibly late to the "lets correct the morons" party. Since there are already 30+ posts clarifying that there were two vehicles, what exactly do you think yours adds?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • read closer

      I'd rather be late to the party than rediculous and so upset that you keep telling everyone else they are stupid etc. Go settle down and have some lunch or something

      June 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wayne

    Stupid bear.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. My Little Secret

    I read comments on CNN to amuse myself. People are stupid, and it makes me feel better to see them prove it.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You're pretty stupid, as proven by your post.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • read closer

      hahahahaa, so true! rediculous!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • read closer

      fyi: "My little secret" is so true...John is rediculous

      June 8, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You misspelled ridiculous twice. Also, you are one of the stupid commenters he is referring to.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert2

      John must be having a bad day, or week, or month, or life... He's just going around putting everyone down for being better than him.

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

      Robert2 your life must be awesome as well. Reading 45-minute old posts just so you can rush to the defense of people who are bashing others for "not knowing how to read"

      June 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sheila

    New question for fourth grade math word problems: How fast does a Pontiac Sunfire have to be going to send a 300 lb relatively stationary object flying at such a speed that it flies through another car like a bullet?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ludwig

      About 50 MPH. The front of a Sunfire is very thin and the bear probably deflecting in the windsheild of the car. With the SVU coming the other way at 50+, the poor people and bear never had a a chance!

      June 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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