There was a tragic ending to a vehicle hitting and killing a black bear on a road in the Florida Everglades. Three people from another vehicle had stopped and were trying to help the woman whose car hit the bear. Those people were killed when they were hit by a third vehicle. Several others were injured in the three-vehicle accident. The woman was driving on a two-lane road just inside Everglades territory when her vehicle hit the bear. The incident occurred after sunset and it was dark at that time. Three people from a second vehicle got out and tried to help and all three were struck and killed by the third vehicle. According to an investigating officer the “events apparently unfolded quickly.”
While there are black bears throughout Florida, those animals aren’t supposed to be in the Everglades. It was believed that there were no black bears in that area, but obviously some are there. Thirteen people in total were riding in the three vehicles and four were injured severely enough that they had to be taken by helicopter to a South Florida hospital. Four others were taken by ambulances. Only two of the 13 weren’t hurt, including the woman in the initial crash with the bear. At least two of the vehicles were going in opposite directions. The incident was still under investigation at press time. The location is on the approximately 50,000-acre Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, one of several tribal reservations scattered about Florida.
Source: Insurance Journal
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