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Moose pushed into oncoming traffic in fatal accident

Emergency responders were called to a fatal accident west of Moricetown Friday night. - Interior News archive
Emergency responders were called to a fatal accident west of Moricetown Friday night.
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Last Friday at 9:30 p.m., New Hazelton RCMP responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 16 two kilometers northwest of Moricetown.

Police arrived to find a southeastbound tractor trailer had collided with a moose, which sent the moose into the path of a northwestbound Dodge pickup truck.

The moose struck the Dodge truck resulting in the pickup landing on its roof in the ditch, trapping the two occupants.

The driver of the Dodge, a 32-year-old man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The female passenger was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries that have been described as serious.

The highway was closed as a result of the crash and investigation.

It re-opened to single lane traffic early the next morning and fully re-opened around 10 a.m., according to DriveBC.

Road and weather conditions at the time of the crash were described as partly cloudy and -11 degrees Celsius.

The road surface was dry.

The BC Coroners Service and police continue to investigate but do not believe alcohol or speed to have played a role in this crash.

The RCMP said the names of those involved are not being released.

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