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Bear falls on Northern California patrol car

Bear falls on deputy’s car
An Aug. 3 photo from the Hoopa Fire Department shows a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department patrol car after it was struck by a falling bear, hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames. The deputy managed to escape without serious injury.
(Rod Mendes / Hoopa Fire Department)

They probably don’t train people for this at the sheriff’s academy.

As in, having your patrol car struck by a falling bear.

Authorities say a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy was driving on Highway 96 on Aug. 3, answering a report of a drug overdose in the community of Orleans, when the bear fell or jumped onto the car, apparently from a steep embankment.

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

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The deputy managed to escape without serious injury. The fire was contained to about half an acre but the car was gutted.

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


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