(NBC Miami) - Three people were killed and eight others injured, four seriously, after a car hit a bear in the Florida Everglades on Sunday night, police said.
The unusual accident happened around 7 p.m. on Snake Road, a two-lane stretch of highway just north of I-75 on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, near the Broward County line.
An SUV struck and killed a black bear and another vehicle behind it stopped to help. Three people from the second vehicle were killed when a third vehicle crashed into the first vehicle, according to Gary Bitner of the Seminole Police Dept. "There was a 45-year-old man, a 14-year-old son, his daughter and a grandchild in a Mercedes that we believe was that third vehicle," Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.
Eight patients were taken to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Bitner said. Four of the patients suffered severe injuries and were airlifted to the hospital. Another four patients had non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital by ground rescue.
Five of the victims were treated and released. Officials said some of the victims were children.
Two others involved in the crash were not injured, Bitner said.