Bear on highway causes five-vehicle collision

Drive hits brakes to avoid bear crossing the Trans-Canada highway; causes chain reaction collision behind him.

What happened when the bear cross the road? A five-vehicle car crash.

No one was injured but two cars caught fire following a five-vehicle collision that started when a driver braked sharply to avoid a bear that was ambling across the Trans-Canada Highway Saturday evening.

The incident happened 17 kilometres west of Revelstoke on Aug. 23 at about 7 p.m.

Sgt. Kim Hall of the Revelstoke RCMP said the crash was triggered when a driver hit the brakes to avoid the bear. That triggered a chain reaction where five vehicles were rear ended.

The first three cars were able to drive away from the scene, but the last two vehicles burst into flames.

Fortunately the occupants were able to escape unharmed.

The crash closed the highway for a little more than an hour.

 

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