OPP issue caution after weekend animal collisions

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Lambton OPP say officers this past weekend investigated as many as 12 collision reports, seven involvling an animal. Five of the seven were deer; two were raccoons.

In one case at around 1 a.m. on Friday, a Honda van was being driven westbound on Petrolia Line near Ladysmith Road when it encountered a raccoon on the roadway. The driver swerved to avoid the animal. Not only did the vehicle hit the raccoon, but the driver lost control. The vehicle left the north side of the roadway, and landed nose first in a ditch at the intersection of Ladysmith Road. The collision caused the airbags to deploy causing minor injury to both occupants. They were removed from the vehicle with the assistance of St Clair Twp Fire Department.

The Kitchener couple, a 41-year-old driver and her 43-year-old husband, were taken to hospital where they were treated and released.

The OPP are recommending motorists to Watch-Steer-Brake and Stop to prevent getting injured or killed during an encounter with any wildlife on the roadways.

  •    Watch the road ahead by scanning from shoulder to shoulder
  • Watch for yellow wildlife warning signs – slow down in these areas
  • Use high beams and watch for glowing eyes of animals
  • If you see glowing eyes – expect that other animals are nearby
  • Steer in control – Never swerve to avoid hitting an animal
  • Brake firmly but don’t lock up your wheels – slowing will provide you with control
  • Stop – safely … remember other animals may follow
  • Remember to stay in control if hitting an animal is unavoidable…
  • WATCH, STEER, BRAKE and STOP.   

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