(NBC News) A family's Labor Day gathering in Gatlinburg, Tennessee was interrupted by a family of curious and very destructive bears.
Brooke Ward and her extended family first noticed several large bear cubs near her father's Lexus SUV.
After attempting to chase the cubs away they realized the mother bear was inside the vehicle.
The mother bear came out after one of Brooke's cousins opened the door. The damage left behind was incredible.
"Even the ceiling was gone, as the bear was trying to crawl out the sunroof," Brooke said, adding that aside from the interior damage the car is fine. "It still runs great; my dad drove it home."
A vehicle was traveling west on Hamill Road and had stopped at the railroad crossing. The gates were extended with flashing lights and sounding bell.More