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Newfoundland moose crash lawsuit begins

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 02, 2014 - 11:35 AM |
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A landmark class-action lawsuit began today in St. John's, N.L., involving victims of moose-vehicle crashes in the province.

Ches Crosbie, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, says the case boils down to whether the provincial government has negligently failed to manage the moose population.

Crosbie says the government has known for at least 10 years that moose pose a hazard on the highways but did not decide on a specific policy to reduce that risk.

He says the public has a right to use the Trans-Canada Highway and other routes safely and unobstructed.

About 800 accidents or close calls have been recorded annually in recent years.

Proceedings in provincial Supreme Court started with Jennifer Pilgrim, whose husband was killed instantly when his car struck a moose March 11, 2009.

She says she wants the province to install more moose fencing so other families are spared what hers has suffered.

The provincial government has expressed condolences to victims in the past but has said it has acted.

Past measures include limited moose fencing, highway motion detection devices, roadside brush cutting and public education efforts.

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