June 8, 2011 / 3:14 PM / in 6 years

Flying bear kills two Canadians in freak accident

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Two Canadians died instantly in a freak accident when a car hit a 440-pound (200-kg) black bear and sent the animal flying straight through the windshield of an oncoming vehicle, local media said 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 Monday night in a rural area about 25 miles 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 spokesman Martin Fournel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway

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