From NBC12 News
State police say a tractor trailer struck and killed a bear Tuesday morning along Interstate 95 near Richmond. The incident comes after days of multiple bear sightings in the area, including one near Virginia Commonwealth University.
State police say the driver was uninjured and doesn't face charges.
Police say at about 4:45 a.m., a 2006 Freightliner was traveling north along the highway a mile south of Bells Road when it collided with the animal, killing it instantly.
The events follow another bear sighting in Richmond overnight.
A resident spotted the bear near the old Ruffin Road school and called police. Officers followed the animal for awhile, but lost track of it when it scaled a fence.
Not long afterward, the bear was spotted on Keighly Road, not far from the Philip Morris plant. Two sightings were also reported in Chesterfield County last week.
Animal experts say spring is when bears emerge to forage for food.