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Van makes trek from Burin Peninsula to St. John’s after hitting moose

A van travelling from the Burin Peninsula through Swift Current to St. John’s on Thursday morning struck a moose. After assessing the damage, and with the help of some local men to get the moose off the vehicle, the driver continued on towards St. John’s where it was stopped on the Trans Canada Highway near Holyrood. Holyrood RCMP photo
A van travelling from the Burin Peninsula through Swift Current to St. John’s on Thursday morning struck a moose. After assessing the damage, and with the help of some local men to get the moose off the vehicle, the driver continued on towards St. John’s where it was stopped on the Trans Canada Highway near Holyrood. Holyrood RCMP photo

A large tuft of hair remained above the passenger side windshield that had been smashed.

“A caring and compassionate RCMP officer stopped the vehicle near Holyrood around 9:30 this morning,” Staff Sgt. Boyd Merrill said.

“He was advised he may want to use a tow truck to get his vehicle to where he was going,’’ he added.

Merrill said it appears the man, from the Burin Peninsula, hit a moose somewhere south of Swift Current around 7 a.m. this morning.

Several residents of the area helped him remove the moose from on top of his van and he decided after a quick look he could continue on the 200 or more kilometres he had to travel to get to St. John’s.

When he was asked about what had happened, the driver told the attending RCMP officer “Moose are some big when they come through the windshield.”

Merrill said deciding to drive the van was not a sound decision. He said the windshield was smashed and there was damage to the window frame, hood and front end of the vehicle.

“You shouldn’t drive a vehicle when it is not in ideal condition. First off all, the windshield was smashed so vision was an issue, but you don’t know if the car was safe. You could have damage to a ball joint, steering or other things that makes the vehicle unsafe to operate,’’ Merrill said.

No charges were laid in this incident.

 

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