Stephenville RCMP officer stiff, sore after cruiser collides with moose

Frank Gale
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STEPHENVILLE  As a former officer with Traffic Services West, Const. Sam Munden has attended a number of moose/vehicle accidents, but early Tuesday morning he was in one himself.

Sgt. Cathy Whitehead said Munden, who now works general policing with the Bay St. George RCMP, hit a moose while out on patrol in his police cruiser at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Whitehead said Munden luckily came out of the accident with only stiffness and soreness. The same could not be said for the moose, which died at the scene of the accident just several kilometers east of Black Duck Siding on White’s Road.

While police hadn’t received an estimate of damages to the cruiser Tuesday afternoon, Whitehead said the car appears to be a write-off as the moose went into the windshield and even curled back the roof.

Organizations: RCMP, Traffic Services West

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  • Member
    July 17, 2013 - 21:05

    Who says he was driving too fast? May have been going 80kph for all we know and a moose was on the shoulder where it couldn't be seen. Maybe he was going 130kph responding to a priority call trying to save someone that he didn't even know and put his own life in danger for a strangers! Many men and women in this province in uniform drive these dark roads all hours of the night never knowing where or when a moose may be. This is two RCMP cars in the last month or two. Maybe could benefit from having a pair of moose lights on the front of the cars to give better lighting on all police cars. To Cst Munden, Hopefully you have a speedy recovery and continue to help this province. thank you for what you do each day!

  • rob
    July 17, 2013 - 18:06

    yes really.....if i were a betting man i would say the driver was going faster than the allowed speed limit. and yes i'm glad the officer wasn't hurt :)

  • andrew
    July 17, 2013 - 12:39

    Mark I agree. No one can tell that just by looking at a picture.

  • wayne osmond
    July 17, 2013 - 10:50

    Seems to be a few collisions across the Island with our Law Enforcement Officers and Moose the past year or so. Any chance in finding out how many and comparing it to the other Drivers here? Looks like they might have to heed their own warnings more then the general population.

  • mike
    July 17, 2013 - 10:26

    i recalled watching ntv news and the police got on saying that if people slow down and watch the roads that there would be no moose accidents.please slow down glad the officer wasnt hurt

  • rob
    July 17, 2013 - 08:41

    it looks as if the officer was driving too fast

    • Harold Matthews
      July 17, 2013 - 10:13

      Heh ROB, get a ticket lately did ya, you sound a little bitter.

    • Mark
      July 17, 2013 - 10:30

      Really? you can tell that from looking at a picture...please attend to your local police service and offer your services as a re-constructionist.