Algonquin Park: Quebec woman suffers life-threatening injuries after collision with moose


A Quebec woman is in critical condition and another man was injured after a vehicle collided with a moose in Eastern Ontario early Sunday morning.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, two people were traveling on Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park when their vehicles collided near Tea Lake, about 180 kilometers west of Pembroke, Ontario. Police responded to the crash just after 1 a.m. on May 19.

After colliding with the animal, the car left the road and crashed into a tree, the OPP said in a press release.

One of the two Muskoka Paramedic Service ambulances called to the scene also collided with another moose. The ambulance was “severely damaged” but no injuries were reported.

“Officers responding to the accident had just completed an investigation into another collision involving a car and a moose, but were unable to record any serious injuries,” the OPP said.

The two occupants, both from Quebec, were taken to a hospital in Huntsville, Ontario.

The 40-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and was later taken to a trauma centre in Toronto. Her injuries are said to be life-threatening.

The other inmate, a 45-year-old man, remained in stable condition at a Huntsville hospital.

Highway 60 was closed in the area to allow for an investigation by an OPP collision reconstructionist and members of the police technical collision investigation team.

“The OPP is warning motorists that an increasing number of moose are coming out of the forest and onto the roads, particularly in the Algonquin Park area, to escape swarms of insects,” the OPP said in a press release on Sunday.

“Please observe the posted speed limits in order to be able to react appropriately and keep an eye on the road and ditches ahead of you.”