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.