Bear Falls Off Embankment and Lands on Police Cruiser Causing it to Flip and Start a Wildfire

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The car burst into flames, causing a small wildfire. Credit: AP/AAP

A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in Northern California last weekend. The bear dropped out of the sky, landed on top of a Humboldt County sheriff deputy’s cruiser that was responding to a call on Highway 96 near Weitchpec. The impact caused the vehicle to flip over, catch fire and begin a small wildfire.

The deputy was answering a report of a drug overdose in the community of Orleans when the beast fell or jumped onto the car from a steep embankment. The bruin smashed the hood and windshield. The police car then hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames.

Luckily, the deputy managed to escape without serious injury. The fire spread to a hillside and was contained to about half an acre, but the car was gutted.

“Don’t worry, the bear also fled the scene,” the California Department of Transportation stated.


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