Foxes crossing road leads to vehicle pileup

Mike Carson
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John Doucette of JJ’s Towing loads a Chevrolet Cobalt on a flatbed tow truck following a three-vehicle accident on Route. The accident happened after a Chevrolet (not pictured) slowed to allow a family of foxes to cross the highway. The Cobalt struck the back of the van and in turn, was struck by the Hyundai Santa Fe pictured right. No one was injured.

SUMMERSIDE - The adage that no good deed goes unpunished was never truer than on Route 2, Thursday afternoon.

A Chevrolet Uplander van, being driven eastward along Route 2, slowed as it approached the roundabout outside Slemon Park to allow a mother fox and her kits to cross the roadway.

Two vehicles travelling behind her did not stop in time resulting in a three-vehicle rear-end collision.

According to police at the scene, when the van slowed it was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Cobalt L5, which in turn was struck from behind by Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Chevrolet Uplander sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene of the accident.

Both the Chevrolet Cobalt and Hyundai Santa Fe received substantial damage and had to be towed.

Neither the female driver, the two male drives of the other vehicles, nor the fox and her kits were injured.

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Slemon Park

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  • STEP MOTHER
    May 03, 2014 - 21:46

    If it was a toddler or child i would say it would be the parents fault , most of us would not allow a small child or toddler be crossing the highway ... talk about idiots ...

  • j
    May 02, 2014 - 19:06

    Islander, foxes is the plural of fox. Generally if a word ends in x, the plural is formed by adding es; however, there are exceptions such as ox of which the plural is oxen not oxes.

  • Fed up
    May 02, 2014 - 18:51

    Tail gaters! No matter why the front driver slows...or stops...ones behind should be far enough BACK to stop!! People are not taught to STAY BACK. They also rush to pass and haul in way too fast! The book tells you how far back you should be for the speed you are travelling. Also...you should not pull back in...after passing...until you can see the headlight in your reAr view mirror! Not many do that. I've had to apply brakes when some idiot passes and pulls back in front of me way too soon. Same with tailgaters! If you have one behind you? Hit the brakes! They will move back....or hit you...and it's THEIR FAULT FOR FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE,

  • mt
    May 02, 2014 - 16:02

    Headline should read people following too close cause accident while family of foxes cross road

  • crash
    May 02, 2014 - 11:29

    what if the animal had been a child? Makes no difference why they stopped. Just because the car ahead of you stops for some reason, doesn't mean that you get to just drive into them! Heads up! Pay attention to what's going on around you. The people who struck from behind were either following too closely (didn't give themselves the appropriate time/distance), and/or driving without due care and attention - both of which are chargeable offences under the HTA

    • STEP MOTHER OF ONE OF THE DRIVERS
      May 03, 2014 - 21:35

      unless you were in one of the vehicles how would know if they were tailing gating or not , how do you know if the brakes of the vehicle ahead of them even applied ...so unless you were you really shouldn't comment.People feel bad enough without people like you shooting their mouths off ...Perhaps you should read the article again it was not a CHILD it was a freaking FOX... SO PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL...

  • PEI drivers
    May 02, 2014 - 11:03

    This accident was 100% preventable...you do not stop for animals, sorry if this offends anyone, but where I'm from, you risk dying yourself if you stop on the road for anything. Let insurance take care of the damage, don't put yourself or others at risk to save a fox.

    • Common Sense
      May 02, 2014 - 13:25

      You must have grown up in the shallow end of the gene pool. The fault in this is 100% the following drivers. Period. You put yourself at risk every time you drive. Not because of stopping for a fox but because of idiots who don't pay attention to their driving.

  • this guy
    May 02, 2014 - 08:52

    First of it wasn't the van that stoped for the foxes it was a black Colorado... and the black cobalt didn't apply the breaks until they hit the van resulting in me sliding into the back of them. I was not tail gateing or speeding just didn't have time to react. If you seen the damage to the back of the colbalt and front of the Santa Fe it wasn't a big impact. Sincerely the driver...

  • Stan Hope
    May 02, 2014 - 08:40

    @ ttr ...don't f' 'in stop for animals on the road, great advice. So the next time you hit the mainland & you have a deer or moose appear out of nowhere don't break because some moron behind you is to busy NOT paying attention to what's happening ahead & you don't want to ruin their day by doing something so outrageous as applying your brakes.There are two type of drivers , defensive & aggressive ... let me guess which type you are ? Besides we all know, you'll win the battle between you & that half ton moose.

  • Husband of the Fox
    May 02, 2014 - 06:43

    Thank you for slowing down to let the Wife and Kits get home,sorry for the loss of a Cobalt and Hyundia,I am sure if I drove those cars ,I too would like to right them off.

  • disgusted
    May 02, 2014 - 06:19

    People are always in a big rush to get somewhere 5 min before everyone else, don't blame the foxes they were here first,we are infringing on their territory not the other way around! Oh yes mans favorite answer to everything oh dear they are everywhere lets get rid of them! If they did that with people because they were in each others way, we would be in a bad way! Slow down,stop texting ,drinking whatever else it is your doing rather then watching the road and leave the poor foxes alone,it would be the same thing if a human stepped out in front of a car ,you should be able to stop,not ride on each others rear end! I commend the first driver at least they were aware of what was going on around them!

  • attitude
    May 02, 2014 - 04:51

    ALWAYS-ALWAYS --speed up as you approach a roundabout --don't let anyone beat you to it as you aim your way through - speed bumps might slow these aimers down a bit

  • retired OHP officer
    May 02, 2014 - 03:10

    For those of you reading this article, please do be careful and you are the LEAD vehicle, use your 4-way flashers (hazard lights) and anyone behind the lead vehicle should follow suit; like a domino effect. Please use common sense and keep you eyes and ears open.

  • patsy glover
    May 01, 2014 - 22:05

    thank god that driver of the Chevy van had a heart sorry about the pile up but at least the fox family is safe and no one was hurt

  • lnda
    May 01, 2014 - 21:39

    there is no reason to start a slaughter fest of these live rodent controlling critters, just stop destroying all their habitat so they wont have to adapt to human invasion into all natural areas, leave somewhere for them to live, and if people paid more attention to the road like the lady who slowed to let a family cross the road then there wouldn't be so many accidents on the roads,, its just to easy to blame the critter for human carelessness,

  • islander
    May 01, 2014 - 21:28

    Is foxes really a word?

  • Stan Hope
    May 01, 2014 - 21:21

    Let me guess ... driving to fast , not paying attention (phone/texting) , tailgating , take your pick.When you see the car's break lights ahead of you activate ... guess what .

  • Curious
    May 01, 2014 - 21:19

    What did the fox say?

  • ROUNDABOUT
    May 01, 2014 - 20:53

    Shouldn't the vehicles be slowing down as they near the roundabout. The roun about was put there because vehicles would not stop for the red light. Now they step on the gas when approaching the roundabout. I pass there every day and no one wants to give the right of way. Very dangerous area.

  • Foxy Lady
    May 01, 2014 - 20:38

    We have a bit of a fox epidemic here on our fair isle. The little dudes are everywhere & it's kind of getting out of hand. I see a handful every single day on my commutes and many of them downtown wandering around. As much as it hurts to say, it might be time to put a bounty out to reduce the population a little.

    • Just_me
      May 02, 2014 - 08:35

      Disgusting you would say KILL them because there are too many. This is the time of year you see them in bounty, by Summer they will be a rare sighting, unless stupid humans keep feeding them! Leave them alone.. my gawd what would you people do if you lived near mountain region, there is wildlife everywhere, do you think they go around killing them because there are too many. What harm is a FOX???? to anyone!

  • driving instructor
    May 01, 2014 - 19:41

    Always be alert to vehicles ahead of you. If this had been a toddler or a small child crossing the road, everybody would be praising the first driver for stopping, and condemning the other drivers for hitting him/her. It's no different with wildlife, people, debris, etc. If you are following too closely and not paying attention (e.g. texting, talking on the cell phone, etc.) then you are at fault. It doesn't matter why the driver in front slows or stops. You have the legal OBLIGATION to not hit them.

    • ttr
      May 02, 2014 - 07:27

      The cobalt stopped before hitting the van. The Santa fae pushed the car into the van. I was a passenger in the car. To the driver of the black Colorado, don't f****** stop for any anymals on the rd.

    • concerned citizen
      May 02, 2014 - 08:22

      there is NO way that sante fe pushed the cobalt into the back of the van ,from the damage done to the front of the cobalt compared to the back. the contact points between the sante fe and coblat would have been much worse, stop trying to scam people.