EDMONTON — A northern Alberta man survived a collision with a moose in whiteout conditions by ducking below the dash and into the front passenger seat of his SUV.
North Star, Alta., resident Kevin McFadgen was on Hwy. 35 driving to work around 6 a.m. on Tuesday when, about 20 km south of Manning, a northbound semi-trailer passed his SUV, creating a whiteout on the snow-covered road.
McFadgen slowed immediately but suddenly spotted a moose in his lane and with no time to stop, he threw himself under the dash toward the passenger side.
The SUV hit the moose, flipping it up onto the hood and roof, which was peeled back from the impact.
McFadgen managed to get out of his crumpled vehicle and call for help.
He was treated in hospital for minor injuries.
The moose didn’t survive the collision.
“Without Mr. McFadgen’s quick action and thinking, he may not be here today,” Sgt. Thomas Howell said.
Manning is about 605 km northwest of Edmonton.