OTTAWA -- A rare moose sighting within city limits turned fatal for an 80-year-old driver who struck the animal on Hwy. 417 Wednesday evening.
Paramedics, firefighters, police and Ontario Ministry of Transportation officials all responded to the collision in the highway's westbound lane around 6:43 p.m., with firefighters needing to extricate both the elderly male driver and the 20-year-old male passenger from the sedan, which rolled several times into the median and landed on its roof.
Paramedics were not able to revive the 80-year-old driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger, believed to be a family member, was conscious and communicative throughout the ordeal and rushed to hospital in serious but stable condition with a possible spinal injury.
No names have been released.
The moose, estimated by those on scene to weigh around 1,000 pounds, was also killed and left lying in the middle of the westbound lane.
While collisions with deer are common at this time of year, collisions with moose are rare, even in the heavily forested and marshy areas in the eastern parts of the city boundary.
"We've had moose in the city wandering into back yards as recently as last year, but as far as collisions, I can't remember many," Ottawa Fire spokesman Marc Messier said.