Black bear hit by car in Florida leads to 3 dead, 8 injured

A black bear, like this one scavenging for food beside tourists near the famous General Sherman tree at the Sequoia National Park in Central California, caused a road accident in the US Everglades wetlands in the state of Florida that killed three pe
A black bear, like this one scavenging for food beside tourists near the famous General Sherman tree at the Sequoia National Park in Central California, caused a road accident in the US Everglades wetlands in the state of Florida that killed three people and injured eight over the weekend. -- AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - A black bear in the US Everglades wetlands in the state of Florida caused a road accident that killed three people and injured eight over the weekend.

The accident occurred on Sunday night on a highway through the Seminole Native American reservation in southern Florida.

After a woman in an SUV struck a 135 kilogramme black bear, other motorists got out of their cars to assist with the crash.

Three people assisting were killed when they were hit by another passing vehicle.

Eight people were injured in the accident and were transported by helicopter and road to nearby hospitals.

The tropical Everglades are full of exotic wildlife but local officials say a black bear road accident is rare.