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. Big Brain

    I wonder what was going through the Bear's thoughts as he was flying?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hawking knows more than you

      I wonder what was going through your mother's thoughts when she was having you?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      Q: What's the last thing that went through the bear's mind when he hit the SUV?
      A: His butt.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • SK

      I can't bear anymore of this stupidity

      June 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wookie

      Probaly like not aother car damn my luck hope this persons face stops my flying lol,and for steven hawking I hope your mothers dead(not the real one we need him)but not the imposter:-)

      June 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Hawking knows more than you

      Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby

    They tested the bear for drugs and alcohol?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ReallMe

      they have start checking bears for ID

      June 8, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. TMW

    hahahahahaha... Thank you all. I haven't laughed so hard in quite some time. Yes, it is a tragic event for those involved (both directly and indirectly). But the commentary has been splendid. So many who failed to read the article; so many more who aptly and eagerly corrected them; a quick dialogue on the crash worthiness of modern windshield technology; a geography lesson; a discussion on animal rights; another brief discussion on the presumed difficulty navigating Canadian versus US highways; and the repeated digs at the author and editor of what amounts to about a paragraph of text. The internet is a marvelous thing! Keep them coming! And oh yeah, please DO tear my commentary apart as well... I'm here for the entertainment as well.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      You talk too much.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      Spot on

      June 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      so, what.... you hate bears?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SK

      TMW – you are so right. They auto & glass companies need to work on better windshield technology. I mean for certain a windshield should be able to withstand being crushed by a 300lb bear traveling at say 60 MPH. What the hell is wrong with these people. And, while we're on that, I think there is something wrong with home builders not making them tornado proof and everything should be non-flammable and unbreakable. Stupid, stupid, stupid designers.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • wookie

      Why would the autoglass cm0panies need to make better windshiels,foreal how many times do u hear of this kinda thing,so why would companies spend milions reinforcing them when its just a one time freak accident?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bak2good

      LIKE!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tim

    Ummm. I don't see how its physically possible. A bear isn't going to bounce off a smaller car and go straight through another. I think this is inaccurate to say the least.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      pssst. Did you notice the photo at the beginning of the story?

      June 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Yeah, totally fabricated story.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • CrackedPepper86

      Cars weigh more than 300 pounds.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      Here in Wisconsin bear aren't ususally the problem, but incidents pretty much like this happen all to often with deer... so yea, there's no reason to doubt the accuracy of the story.

      June 8, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Earthling

      The bumper of the small car hits the bear, launching it into the air. It hits the windshield of the SUV and goes right through. Not all that difficult to understand – the bumper is less brittle than the windshield. Also, the bear was not moving (much) when hit by the first car, but was moving pretty fast by the time it hit the SUV. A little thoughtful analysis can go a long way.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy from S'port

      Where did it say that the bear "bounced"? It sounds very logical to me that a car going around 56mph can hit a 300lb object and send it hurtling through the air.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MelissaCanada

      This actually happened Monday. The woman was acutally 25 not 35 and was the girlfriend of the only surviving passanger. Its very sad actually, despite everyone's heartless comments and jokes.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nevis

    Death by projectile bear....never heard of that.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. donna

    Based on the number of posts regarding the car vs. the SUV, maybe the writer should have said what color the vehicles were. There were 2 fatalities in the black car but no one in the red car was hurt.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • donna

      Nevermind. I see now that they have changed the story. "Car" is now "Pontiac". I started typing my post, got distracted, came back and hit "post".

      June 8, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. zzbadd

    Sad news for the families.

    June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      All those cubs left orphaned...

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

    This is just bizarre. What are the chances? It's a shame there were fatalities, but I have to say...if I had to die this would be a pretty bad ass way to go. "I was killed by a flying bear."

    June 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      Yeah. I'm going to have that put on my tombstone. Even if it isn't true. I mean, after a few hundred years who would could call me a liar?

      June 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuck

    How fast was that Pontiac going to send a 300-lb. bear flying across the highway and into oncoming traffic?

    June 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. bigboxes

    This news is hard to bear. We have word of this grizzly accident that claimed two lives and all you guys can do is crack jokes. I can barely stand it.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. malsings07

    This is a bizzare unfortunate accident. I feel sorry for the people that were killed.I wouldn't be surprised if this were on the T.V. show 1,0000 ways to Die

    June 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. npg

    this wouldn't have happened at Jellystone...Mr. Ranger would keep Yogi and Boo Boo off the roads

    June 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. UtahJohn

    Lets' drop 300 lb bears from a predator drone on Gadafi's house...if the bear survives, perhaps it will enjoy a snack or two.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. malsings07

    Oops! I mean 1,000

    June 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jimmyjam

    it smelled the menstruation!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • hingedlwnb

      So you're saying this story is a period piece?

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

      Either you're having a nose bleed or your face is $hoved up someone's a$S!

      June 9, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
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