Bear cub causes crash in St. Louis County

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Updated: August 18, 2019 03:25 PM

Three people are injured after a bear cub caused an automobile accident in St. Louis County Saturday. Authorities responded to the incident in Floodwood Township at around 1:09 p.m.

An incident report from the State Patrol states that the driver of a Ford F-150, identified as Joseph Wayne Seppala, 30, of Esko, swerved to avoid a bear cub that had entered the roadway. Seppala was traveling westbound on Highway 2 at Rogers Road when he crossed over the centerline and entered eastbound traffic, hitting a Chevrolet Silverado.


The driver of the Silverado, identified as Brett Spencer Mckinney, 45, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. An adult passenger, identified as Jody L, Mckinney, 46, also of Rhinelander, and a 9-year-old child were also injured. The two adults received medical care at Essentia.

Seppala was not injured.

The report does not state whether or not the bear is OK.

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