Death, injuries in moose collisions

Leader staff

Several people were injured, but will hopefully be okay, in a two-vehicle, one-moose collision on Hwy. 2 east of Slave Lake on the night of Aug. 2. Two days later, another driver was not as lucky in a similar crash on Hwy. 63, which goes to Fort McMurray.

“It’s that time of year,” says Lesser Slave Lake Regional Fire Service Chief Alex Pavcek.

The incident on Hwy. 2 was after dark, about 42 kilometres southeast of Slave Lake. Pavcek says a pickup collided with a moose. Along came a car and ran into the pickup, which was disabled and without lights. Several people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital. Three were released, but the most seriously injured – a 21-year-old woman – remained in hospital in Edmonton in critical condition as of Aug. 5, said Slave Lake RCMP Sgt. Don Racette.

Redwater RCMP, meanwhile, report that two vehicles ran into the same moose on Hwy. 63. First a southbound car hit the animal – then a northbound truck. The female driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

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