Jaws of life needed after highway crash with moose

Taylor Fire Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life last night following a two-vehicle crash involving a moose on Highway 97 south of Taylor.

Taylor Fire Chief Alan Stebbing says the accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, when a southbound SUV first hit a moose crossing the highway near the 230 Road just past the South Taylor Hill.

After hitting the moose, the SUV swerved into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on with a northbound car, said Stebbing.

The accident shut down the highway for several hours as rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to free the driver from the car.

The driver, along with two people in the SUV, were taken to hospital with somewhat serious but non-life threatening injuries, said Stebbing. The moose was killed.

The highway was reopened to traffic around 1:30 a.m., Stebbing said.

Stebbing credited more than a dozen fire rescue volunteers for responding to the accident, and says the accident could have been worse and proven fatal.

“This time of year, as with any time of year, we always encourage people not to overdrive their headlights,” said Stebbing.

“If your headlights can shine 500 metres in front of you, then you need to be driving so that if you see something in your headlights and you hit the brakes, you’d be able to stop in time.”

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