Bear Blamed in Highway 2 Crash

Bear Blamed in Highway 2 Crash

Created: August 17, 2019 09:21 PM

A bear on the road may have caused a crash near Floodwood just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

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The Minnesota State Patrol says the driver of a westbound pickup truck swerved to avoid a bear cub on U.S. Highway 2.  The pickup went across the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound pickup.

Two adults and a 9-year-old girl from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, who were in the eastbound pickup suffered injuries that are not life-threatening.  The Esko man who was driving the westbound pickup was not injured.

There was no report on the condition of the bear.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Floodwood Police Department, Cloquet Fire Department, Floodwood Fire Department, and St. Louis County Rescue Squad assisted the Patrol at the scene.

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