Woman crashes car into bear in Sammamishon May 24, 2012 @ 12:52 pm (Updated: 2:54 pm - 5/24/12 )
"The driver was obviously a bit shaken up, but uninjured. And she saw the bear scoot off into the woods," says Sammamish Police Sgt. Jessica Sullivan.
While neither the driver nor the bear were injured, the car was wrecked after the crash.
"There was front-end damage to the vehicle, such that it's not drivable," says Sgt. Sullivan.
In the springtime, it's common for large animals like bears and cougars to wander into suburban areas.
Bears look for food in trash cans near houses after they wake up from hibernating. Most of the time the bears don't pose a threat to humans.
"We have bear sightings fairly frequently in the city this time of year, but car-versus-bear accidents are a bit more uncommon," says Sgt. Sullivan.
Witnesses say the bear was able to run into the woods after the crash and didn't seem to be injured.
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