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Tragedy on the Freeway: Car Crash Victim Possibly Scavenged by Bear

A horrific car accident on a Massachusetts freeway may have taken a shocking turn, with authorities suspecting a bear’s involvement.

On Sunday morning, Daniel Ducharme, 31, lost control of his vehicle on a highway near Hatfield, roughly 100 miles west of Boston. The car swerved, struck the guardrail repeatedly, and ultimately plunged off the embankment, according to local news outlet Boston25 News. Sadly, Mr. Ducharme, a resident of South Hadley, is believed to have died from the impact.

The wreckage was discovered by another driver around 11 am. However, the scene presented a grim puzzle. While Mr. Ducharme’s 2016 Honda Civic was located, his body was found outside the car, away from the crash site, reported CBS News. The Massachusetts State Police believe a black bear, a common sight in the area, might be responsible for the unusual positioning.

“Upon arrival at the scene, first responders found the deceased male occupant outside the vehicle,” stated a police spokesperson. “A bear was observed nearby in the woods surrounding the accident site, suggesting it may have interacted with the victim’s body.”

Although the exact cause of death remains under investigation, evidence indicates contact between the bear and Mr. Ducharme’s remains. The animal reportedly left the area as police arrived.

While black bears are abundant in Massachusetts with an estimated population of 45,000, attacks on humans are extremely rare.

Authorities are currently unable to confirm whether Mr. Ducharme succumbed to injuries from the crash or succumbed to another cause. A full investigation is underway to determine the exact sequence of events. Mr. Ducharme was reportedly alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

State Police have yet to respond to requests for further comment.


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