Published DateCONWAY — A bear caused a serious car accident that sent several people to the hospital and closed Route 16 for almost an hour on Saturday.
The accident occurred at 10:35 a.m., according to police records, at the peak of the hill between Conway Village and the North Conway commercial district.
The accident occurred on the curve near the scenic overlook, Conway Police Lt. Chris Perley said. The bear "ran into the car, and the car swerved and hit an oncoming vehicle."
The crash was bad enough that three police cars and three ambulances responded.
"That is a high-speed area," Perley said, and a head-on collision between two cars each driving 40 mph is serious.
Two ambulances picked up one patient each, and one picked up two patients. The vehicles — a 1994 Saturn station wagon and a 2011 Nissan Juke — both had to be towed from the scene.
The bear was hurt but not dead, Perley said. An officer put it out of its misery.
Officials had the road closed from 10:35 a.m. until 11:25 a.m. There is no indication excessive speed was a factor, Perley said.
In accidents where a deer gets killed by a car, he said, the driver can opt to take the deer home. Or the animal goes to people who signed up to receive animals the drivers don't want.
That didn't happen this time, Perley said. "Not too many people eat bear."