‘Moose are some big when they come through the wind­shield’

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It was not your av­er­age traf­fic stop.

An RCMP of­fi­cer no­ticed a van trav­el­ling on the Trans Canada High­way with con­sid­er­able dam­age. 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.

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 to­wards St. John’s where his ve­hi­cle was stopped on the Trans-canada High­way near Holy­rood.

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