Highway collison near Edgewater with elk

Driver sustains minor injuries; elk does not survive the incident

Submitted by Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck

Columbia Valley RCMP

On Tuesday, September 12th at about 7 a.m., RCMP were dispatched to a single motor vehicle collision involving a car and an elk near Edgewater. Emergency Health Services (EHS) had contacted police to advise that they were en route to the collision and requested police attendance. RCMP arrived on scene as EHS and fire were already on scene. The driver stated that he was driving southbound from Spillimacheen on Hwy 95 when an elk ran out onto the road. Although he tried to speed up to get past the animal and avoid the collision, the elk actually hit him on his front passenger side. As a result of the impact, the driver, and only occupant, sustained lacerations and a sprained wrist. The green Chrysler 300 sustained extensive damage to the front passenger side and the windshield was broken and smashed in. The elk did not survive.

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