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Highway 44 collision leads to 30-minute pet rescue

Family guinea pig escaped his cage and hid under the wrecked vehicle
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After a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of highways 44 and 642 Sept. 14, the Dunsmore’s family pet guinea pig Rupert escaped his cage and hid under the wrecked vehicle. It took around 30 minutes for firefighters and family members to coax him out. Pictured is Tessa Dunsmore reunited with Rupert.

WESTLOCK – A two-vehicle collision at the intersection of highways 44 and 642 just after 1:15 p.m., Sept. 14 resulted in minor injuries, one ticket and a stressful situation for a family pet.

Husband and wife Richard and Donna Dunsmore were travelling southbound with their daughter Tessa in their Dodge Journey along with their pet guinea pig, Rupert, when they were struck by the sedan that took an unsafe left turn. The vehicle was sent into the eastern ditch after it struck the rear end of the sedan and came to a rest around 150 metres south of the intersection. After the collision Rupert escaped his cage and hid under the wrecked vehicle.

When Morinville Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene, fire captain Brett Wilson and firefighter Tyler Proulx assisted the family in retrieving the scared guinea pig from under the vehicle. After a stressful 30 minutes of trying to coax and capture the scared animal, Donna was able to deliver him to Tessa’s waiting arms.

No serious injuries were reported, and a 71-year-old driver was issued a ticket by Morinville RCMP under Section 34(2) of the Use of Highways Rules and Road Regulations: Turning Left Unsafely.

Spencer Kemp-Boulet, TownandCountryToday.com