A bear was killed and her three cubs were taken to a conservation center after a car crash Monday morning, officials say.

The one-car crash happened on SR-77 at Dudleyville, about an hour and a half north of Tucson, shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, according to Trooper Vanessa Sevilla with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The bear was in the roadway when hit by the car, Sevilla said. The driver was not injured.

When DPS troopers arrived to the scene, the bear was dead.

Two cubs were still in the roadway, according to Game and Fish spokesman Mark Hart. Troopers were able to capture both of them.

A third cub wandered out of the roadway but was also captured, Hart says. It's unclear if a trooper or a passerby caught the third cub.

One person was scratched by a cub, but was treated and is OK, Hart says.

Troopers called the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the three cubs were taken to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. 

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Hart says the cubs are in good health. Officials are hoping to eventually release the cubs back into the wild. 

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.