Monday 26 August 2019

Californian police car destroyed by a falling bear

This Aug. 3, 2019 photo from the Hoopa Fire Department shows a Humboldt County Sheriff's Department patrol car after it was struck by a falling bear and then hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames, near Hoopa, Calif., in Northern California. The deputy managed to escape without serious injury. (Rod Mendes/Hoopa Fire Department via AP)
This Aug. 3, 2019 photo from the Hoopa Fire Department shows a Humboldt County Sheriff's Department patrol car after it was struck by a falling bear and then hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames, near Hoopa, Calif., in Northern California. The deputy managed to escape without serious injury. (Rod Mendes/Hoopa Fire Department via AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A police car has been destroyed after being hit by a falling bear in northern California.

A Humboldt County sheriff's deputy was driving on State Route 96 on August 3, when the bear fell or jumped onto the car, apparently from a steep embankment, police said.

The officer had been driving to a reported drug overdose in the town of Orleans, near the Oregon border.

The bear smashed the hood and windshield. The car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames.

The deputy managed to escape without serious injury.

The fire was contained to about half an acre but the car was gutted.

However, the California Department of Transportation stated: "Don't worry, the bear also fled the scene."

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