Van makes trek from Burin Peninsula to St. John’s after hitting moose
It was not your average traffic stop.
An RCMP officer noticed a van travelling on the TransCanada Highway with considerable damage Oct. 12, including a large tuft of hair that remained above the smashed passenger side windshield.
“A caring and compassionate RCMP officer stopped the vehicle near Holyrood around 9:30 a.m.,” Staff Sgt. Boyd Merrill said.
“(The driver) 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 driver, a man from the Burin Peninsula, hit a moose somewhere south of Swift Current around 7 a.m. that morning.
Several residents of the area helped him remove the moose from the top of his van and he decided, after a quick look, he could continue on for the 200 or more kilometres he had to travel to get to St. John’s.
When 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 of 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.