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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-04-2011, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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On the way home tonite I missed a moose by 2 feet as I was travelling East on Highway 16. Never thought I could do a lane change at 115 kph but I did. And in my Excursion no less. Believe me it was pucker time. It happened so fast all I could do was react. Didn't even have time to think about it until afterward. I was in the right lane and it was crossing from the left. As it entered my lane I swerved into the left lane. F%$% it was close. Luckily Marg was asleep and didn't wake up until I made the sudden lane change.It wasn't a large one but if I had struck it, it would have come through the windshield.It happened about 30k East of Edmonton. Somebody was watching over us tonite.

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Good job on the reflexes and nice heads up driving....moose are one scary thing to see anywhere near a highway.

Luckily, they're not so much a threat here in Southwestern Ontario, but I've encountered them driving up north, and through New Brunswick.

There was an episode of "Mythbusters" where they did a mock up of a moose and ran into it with a car, with the expected results......wasn't pretty.

Consider this though...I always figured if fate was going to put a moose or deer in your path, at least hitting one with a truck, the front end of the truck would be high enough to take the brunt of the impact from the body.

Passenger cars, on the other hand, would be low enough to essentially knock the legs out from underneath it and drop it right in your lap.

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Glad to hear that your reflexes aren't as slow as we feared. Bet your heart rate was up a bit. Thank goodness you're both okay.
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I guess all those years of driving police vehicles paid off.

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there are moose in alberta ? lol It came up on topic once when I was out there and I was promtly told there werent any moose it was all Caribou and Elk..... ?? this was up in Fort Mccrack I mean McMurray lol

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That is funny. I'm a hunter and up until my wife became ill I was successful every year when out hunting. I don't get out much anymore. And I've been in a moose collision before and it ain't no fun.

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Glad to hear you and the wife came out of this with no harm, and yes a moose can make a hell of a mess of any car/truck transport, I know of a truck driver who hit a 2 ton bull moose in northern ontario and he sat in his rig for a week waiting for a tow.

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Consider this though...I always figured if fate was going to put a moose or deer in your path, at least hitting one with a truck, the front end of the truck would be high enough to take the brunt of the impact from the body.
Maybe, but I've seen one ton trucks with reinforced bumpers, and the engine block pushed back to the firewall, pretty much written off, sitting in the ditch on the Alaska Highway -- with a moose carcass lying about 50 yds. ahead.

No matter how you slice it, hitting a moose is basically like having a head-on collision with a small car. The faster you're going when you hit, the worse it is. And if you're not wearing a seatbelt, even in a large truck, you could still be killed.

Glad the moose got missed this time, and nobody got hurt. Just goes to show you can't let your guard down for one second in moose/deer country.

Interesting the near miss was in the evening. I've always found early morning and and early evening the worst for animal movement near roads. I find them a little easier to spot when it's properly dark out. In twighlight, there's not much contrast. I guess that's why they like to travel then.

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Actually it was 11:00pm. I had my lights in low beam cause there was traffic so it couldn't happen at a worse time.

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