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Collision with elk another reminder to look out for wildlife

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A vehicle's front end was smashed in during a collision with an elk along Highway 18, on Duncan's side of Hill 60, about 13 kilometres outside of Duncan.
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Looking over the damage to a small car a large elk managed to create, it's a wonder the injuries weren't more severe.

The driver of one vehicle received head injuries as a result of a Thursday, September 29, collision between a vehicle and an elk, at about 9:30 p.m. The incident took place on Highway 18 at an area called Hill 60, on the Duncan side.

"It looks like two vehicles were involved - one elk," Lake Cowichan RCMP Sgt. Dave Voller said, looking over the report on Friday. "The other driver appears to be fine."

The uninjured driver of the second vehicle managed to drive away.

The scene was a grotesque one, with a dead elk on one side of the road. The vehicle with its front end smashed in had careened into the ditch opposite the dead elk. Lake Cowichan RCMP and other emergency personnel were quick to arrive on-scene after the incident was called in by an off duty Lake Cowichan RCMP officer.

Firefighters were quick to clear the elk off the road, in addition to other debris, making the traffic holdup a brief one.

"It's rutting season, and the big animals are coming down from the hill," Voller said, adding that one should slow down and keep one's eyes open while driving at this time of year; more so than usual.

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