The impact caused the deputy to lose control of the car, hit the embankment and then flip the cruiser. Adding insult to injury, much like in a horror film, the car then caught fire. By the time the deputy got out of the wreck seemingly unharmed, the fire had spread to surrounding vegetation.
It was, indeed, the worst possible string of unfortunate coincidences.
“Fire crews responded and extinguished the vegetation fire. According to the Hoopa Fire chief, the fire burned about half an acre. Crews remained on scene until daylight Sunday morning to address complications suppressing the fire, including burning snags and rolling rock,” KRCR-TV says.
“According to the HCSO, the deputy was able to escape the burning car and was not seriously injured. No word on the condition of the bear,” adds the same media outlet.
Photos posted to Facebook by the fire department in Hoopa show that the car burned down to a crisp, so it’s a complete write-off. While the report doesn’t mention anything of the bear, we should note that the embankment was very high and very steep. In other words, even someone who’s not an expert in animal-vehicle collisions could infer that chances of survival for the bear were slim.