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Woman Hits Moose Traveling To Visit Her Sister Who Also Hit Moose

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada ~ (NBC News National Post/ Reuters) ~ Two sisters from the northwestern B.C. town of Kitimat had both had close encounters between their cars and moose.

49-year-old Yvonne Studley was seriously injured in July when she hit a moose with her vehicle, so on Friday, August 26th her sister, 51-year-old Connie Everitt, decided to pay her a visit in Vancouver General Hospital. Turns out she visited a hospital, but it was after she also hit a moose.

In the first accident, Studley was on her way home from a business trip when a moose ran in fromt of her car. The animal went right through the windshield and landed on Studley, breaking her hand, wrist and arm, fracturing five of her ribs and a severe concussion. The pregnant moose died near the scene of the collision. When Studley came out of her come, her sister wanted to pay her a visit.

Connie Everitt and her husband Steve were driving in separate cars on the afternoon of August 26th. The wife, driving in the first car, was going around a turn near the town of 70 Mile House when she saw "a brown blur". Everitt said, "I knew right away it was a moose. I slammed on the brakes with both of my feet. It was like two explosions." She was taken to the hospital in nearby 100 Mile House with mostly soft-tissue injuries. Everitt added, "my first thought was 'are the moose going out (on) hunting season for my family?' " Everitt was released from the hospital the following Saturday, and managed to finally visit her sister on Monday, August 29th and said Studley was getting better.

Moose are involved in about 8% of all wildlife vehicle collisions, according to the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program's website. "Moose will often try to avoid vehicles by running along a highway," said Jeff Knight, spokesman for B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation, adding,"if it's safe to do so, it's best to pull over or slow down until the animal leaves the road."

Photo credit: Wayne Sawchuk/Reuters

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