Vehicle swerved into ditch near Kinistino to avoid animal

KINISTINO — A vehicle swerved off the road near Kinistino, landing in a marshy area of a ditch at high speeds after an animal appeared in the road.

On July 5, at 12:14 am, Melfort Fire and Rescue responded to a single vehicle incident involving a vehicle that left the road surface of Highway 3, approximately a fourth of a mile west of Kinistino.

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The vehicle was reported to be in a body of water with an occupant remaining inside.

Upon arrival and investigation, it was determined that a vehicle had left the road surface at a high rate of speed, after an animal appeared in the road.

The vehicle came to rest in an upright position in a marshy area of the ditch.

“The occupants of the vehicle were able to get themselves out, prior to our arrival. Minor injuries,” said Jason Everitt, Melfort’s fire chief.

Crews established traffic control measures to create a safety zone for all first responders to work.

Firefighters also utilized a thermal imaging camera to scan the area around the scene for any additional occupants of the vehicle that may be injured and unaccounted for. No additional occupants were found.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

“Other travelers on the highway during the incident were very respectful of the emergency scene and reduced their speed while they were bypassing the incident under the control of firefighters that were posted at either end… We appreciate that.”

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