Car collides with moose on Highway 97A near Enderby

A Grindrod couple suffered cuts and abrasions after their vehicle had a close encounter with a moose Sunday night.

A Grindrod couple suffered cuts and abrasions after their vehicle had a close encounter with a moose Sunday night.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a 59-year-old Grindrod man and his female partner were northbound on Highway 97A in their Honda Accord near the Starlight Drive-In when they hit a moose trying to cross the highway.

“The moose came to rest on the vehicle’s windshield causing significant damage to the vehicle,” said RCMP Cpl. Gerry Kovacs. “The driver and female passenger suffered many cuts and abrasions. They were taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries.”

The moose was killed by the impact and the Honda Accord was completely demolished.

RCMP remind motorists to be aware of wildlife that frequent the highways in and around the North Okanagan.

“There’s lots of traffic on that stretch of highway between Enderby and Armstrong, and it’s getting dark quicker now at this time of the year,” said Kovacs. “Buckle up, slow down and drive safe.”