Struck bear hits oncoming vehicle leaving two dead – Click above to watch video after the jump

Roads that are forged through the wilderness can occasionally pose a hazard to drivers. Animals can emerge from tree-lined scenery without warning, and if the animal is large enough it can cause serious damage to a vehicle, and possibly to the occupants inside. Two unfortunate Canadian motorists became a tragic example of what can happen when animals and automobiles collide.

A 300-pound black bear (the smallest species in North America, for what it's worth) wandered into traffic on a road located 25 miles northwest of Ottawa, Canada. A passing Pontiac Sunfire collided with the bear, sending it directly into the windshield of an oncoming Nissan Pathfinder. Two of the Pathfinder's three occupants were killed when the large bear went through the glass of the SUV. The driver and passenger of the Sunfire were unhurt.

There are questions as to whether a bait station used to lure bears to the area that was set up by hunters may have contributed to the accident. The bait station is reportedly less than 100 feet from the road. That seems awfully close to us, but apparently it's placement is within legal limits.

This is certainly a freak accident, but it can also serve as a reminder to remain alert when traveling down a road that passes through areas inhabited by animals. Click past the jump to watch a news clip discussing the accident.


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      Healthy Chap
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait what, the CTV satelite imaging is off. This isn't the Pontiac area (it's West), the image they're showing is Papineauville, EAST of Gatineau.
      Auctiontommy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tonight's ThreatDown number one threat is....BEARS!!!!
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do bears really jump out that fast or what? Sounds like the Pontiac driver wasn't driving defensively.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        Bears can run faster than a man and they don't call them black bears because of their glowing, reflective coats. There is a chance that a 300lb, black shape just appeared on the road giving the Pontiac driver little time to react. Living as I do in deer country I can definitely see how this could happen.
        autoplaybook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        Could have been around a blind corner. I wouldn't judge without knowing all the facts. Sometimes accidents aren't realistically preventable.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did the bear make it? Anybody who hunts bears should be shot, IMHO. Amazing creatures. For most of the civilized world, it was our closest cousin (we didn't know about monkeys yet), and native americans referred to him as "old man of the forest", since he walked upright on two legs, and preferred similar dwellings/diets as we did.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Looks like the bear is dead in the video. Bear got hit by the pontiac, turned in to a 300 pound projectile and hit the pathfinder. Trully a horrible freak accident.
        Drew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        I guess you don't really understand the need to control animal populations for balance. Please, do yourself a favor and don't pretend to know anything about hunting.
          dukeisduke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Drew
          Sukairain, The human population is "out of control"? According to whom? You? In Europe, for example, the population is declining. The Italians aren't even keeping up at a replacement rate.
          poorboywrx
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Drew
          who's controlling the human population? Hunting is one thing, justifying it's existence based on population control is silly. By your justification, we should just start randomly eradicating humans because GOD knows we if anything are the one's overpopulating the planet.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Drew
          Oh really? Last I checked human population is completely out of control as far as nature balance is concerned. I hardly think the bear is at fault in this case.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Drew
          I believe they call that "war" poorboy...
      emperorkoku
      • 3 Years Ago
      People shouldn't be hunting bears. And it's a shame so many animals die on the road...we have to make sure to exercise caution, especially at night. What an unfortunate accident.
        autoplaybook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @emperorkoku
        Good grief...2 people are dead due to a freak accident and all you can mourn is the bear? Seriously?
          dsp4
          • 3 Years Ago
          @autoplaybook
          Mourning only the bear is equally disrespectful of life as mourning only the two passengers. The accident had three victims, no less.
          Hectectica
          • 3 Years Ago
          @autoplaybook
          I agree. I have no idea why you got down voted.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      AC2RC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hunters ? Those are idiots to put bait so close to a road .I wonder what the regulations are though I know they can hunt over bait. Smallest species ? The record black bear in PA is 900 lbs !
      Gary Christen
      • 3 Years Ago
      serves the bear right! J walking across a highway at night, unbelievable!!!
      Turd Ferguson
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The bears can smell the menstruation."
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can just imagine the bear standing there with his back facing the car, right arm stretched out, with knees bent like Brock Samson.
      wylin923
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow angry birds with bears.
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      since when is Ottawa in Quebec?
        dmac
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Josh
        Ottawa sits on the south shore of Rivière des Outaouais. On the north shore is Gatineau, Quebéc and Quebéc. So 25 miles north is certainly in Quebéc.
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