Moose mishap prompts police reminder
2021-02-03 10:01 PST
File # 2021-24
While on a routine rural patrol on Highway 29, near Hudson’s Hope British Columbia at approximately 7:00 pm on January 31st 2021, Cpl Rob Gardner, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP Detachment Commander, had an incident involving his Police vehicle and a moose.
A pair of moose came out of the ditch area, and was not seen by Cpl Gardner, due to the darkness and snow flurry, until the vehicle was about to strike one of them. The moose hit the driver side fender/hood causing the moose to partially land on the police vehicles windshield, shattering it. Extensive damage was caused to the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Click here for larger image: overview photo of the RCMP cruiser with damage to driver side hood and grille
Click here for larger image: photo of the damaged drivers side fender on the police vehicle
Click here for larger image: photo of the windshield shattered from the outside
Click here for larger image: photo of the inside of the police car showing the shatter windshield and glass throughout the vehicle
I was very lucky that more of the moose did not land in the windshield in this incident, stated Cpl Gardner, who escaped with very minor cuts on his hands from the glass.
It took Cpl Gardner a few minutes to get out of the driver’s side door and ensue the moose was not blocking any highway lanes; however, the moose was no where to be found. Fresh marks in the snow indicate it had gotten up and walked away.
The Hudson’s Hope RCMP would like to remind everyone travelling in the winter to keep an extra eye out for wildlife on the highways. It still gets very dark early in the evening, snow flurries are common and sometimes you can not see animals in the roadway until the very last minute.
The temperatures in the area have been falling to below -20 degrees Celsius the past few nights as well, as such it is recommended that, while travelling, you ensure you have a charged cellphone, warm jackets, gloves, boots, a blanket and water with you. You never know when you will run into vehicle troubles or how long it will take for someone to come to help you, or if you come across someone who needs assistance.
Cpl. Rob GardnerNCO i/c Hudson's Hope RCMP
Hudson's Hope RCMP
10317 Gething Street, Hudson's Hope, B.C. V0C 1V0
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