They probably don't train people for this at the Sheriff's Academy.

A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in Northern California last weekend.

Authorities say a Humboldt County sheriff's deputy was driving on State Route 96 on August 3, answering a report of a drug overdose in the community of Orleans, when the bear fell or jumped onto the car, apparently from a steep embankment.

A police car was allegedly hit by a bear before driving into a bank and bursting into flames in California. Photo / Facebook
A police car was allegedly hit by a bear before driving into a bank and bursting into flames in California. Photo / Facebook

The bear smashed the hood and windshield. The patrol car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames.

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The deputy managed to escape without serious injury.

The fire was contained to about 200 square metres but the car was gutted.

However, the California Department of Transportation stated: "Don't worry, the bear also fled the scene."

CAUTION FALLING BEAR! A Humboldt County Sherriff’s patrol vehicle was struck by a falling bear while traveling north on...

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-AP