An evening collision with a moose has sent several people to hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.
The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. Monday and actually involved two separate collisions with a moose along the Alaska Highway at Braden Road.
Dawson Creek RCMP say a northbound pickup truck first hit a moose. The male driver, who was the lone occupant in the vehicle, continued driving before turning around to return to the collision scene. While the moose was in the middle of the road, police say another northbound pickup truck hit the moose, sending the vehicle into the southbound lane and head-on into a third pickup truck. The southbound vehicle was carrying three occupants, including a two year-old child.
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Both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John RCMP responded to the accident, along with the Taylor Fire Department. Police say firefighters had to cut a female passenger out of the southbound vehicle.
However, police are crediting a car seat for saving the life of the two year-old child in the southbound pickup truck. They say the outcome could have been very different if the child had not been in a car seat. The child was taken to the Fort St. John hospital, along with the other vehicles’ occupants, as a precaution.
The collision was eventually cleared up by 10 p.m.