Driver who hit one surprised by them
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Jeff Duffy feels lucky that he had a large pickup truck when he came upon of a herd of caribou and hit one on White’s Road in the twilight hours of Wednesday.
The airline pilot said he drives the road between Deer Lake and his home in Kippens once a week, and was surprised to come upon the six caribou in the middle of the road.
Normally he’s watching out for moose and has seen them before, but said it was virtually impossible to miss all six of these animals.
“I was just traveling at a speed to match the road conditions, as it was slippery with snow on the road and I did see them before impact but there was nothing I could do to stop quickly,” he said.
His three-quarter-tonne truck sustained damage to the grill and bumper, but it was still able to be driven, even though he hit a single caribou head on. He wasn’t injured, but the caribou later had to be put down.
Duffy said he had noticed an unusual amount of tracks further up the road and wasn’t sure what to make of it, but seconds later came upon the small herd. He said the accident occurred in the area of the large bog on the opposite side of the hill from Gull Pond.
Based on this second accident within a week, RCMP are warning drivers in the Stephenville area to be on the lookout for caribou.
Another caribou was struck and killed on the Trans-Canada Highway last week in the area of White's Road, with no personal injuries reported from that accident either.
Police said a small herd is hanging out in the Gull Pond area and drivers should be on the lookout for it.