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Bear reportedly struck by car in Matthews Wednesday night

Bear reportedly struck by car in Matthews
Updated: Jun. 1, 2017 at 1:52 AM EDT
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(Alex Giles | WBTV)
(Alex Giles | WBTV)

MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - A driver in south Charlotte got quite the scare Wednesday night when he hit a bear with his vehicle.

The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. on I-485 near Exit 57, the Providence Road exit. The driver told troopers that the bear ran off into nearby woods after being hit. That driver, Kaleb Romero, was not injured.

"I was just driving down the highway in the left lane," said Romero. "Out of the corner of my eye I just see this black bear - probably like 110 pounds - ran out right in front of me. Slammed on my breaks, smoked it."

Romero said his airbag deployed and he didn't see exactly where the bear went. He said the impact instantly stopped his car, which suffered very heavy front-end damage.

Officials at the scene said what appeared to be fur was found in the vehicle's grill.

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This is one of several bear sightings in recent days, and the second near I-485, where a bear was spotted on Tuesday as well.

There were also several reports in Union County over the past weekend.

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There is no word if the bear hit Wednesday is believed to be the same one spotted on Tuesday.

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