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

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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.

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