Flying bear kills two in Canada

2011-06-08 21:11

Ottawa - Two Canadians died instantly in a freak accident when a car hit a 200kg black bear and sent the animal flying straight through the windshield of an oncoming vehicle, local media said on Wednesday.

The bear's body hit the 25-year-old driver and a 40-year-old man sitting behind her and then shot out of the back window. The bear also died.

The accident happened on Monday night in a rural area about 40km north of the federal capital Ottawa.

"We don't see [this] often, even if we live in the country. Lots of deer, but collisions with a bear and two people died? That's really rare," local police spokesperson Martin Fournel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Collisions between vehicles and animals are common in Canada, which has a healthy population of large wild animals such as moose and deer.

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