NDP candidate John Rafferty crashes with bear on Ontario road
Thunder Bay-Rainy River candidate uninjured
The NDP incumbent in Ontario's Thunder Bay-Rainy River riding says his campaign continues after a collision with a bear that left his vehicle wrecked.
John Rafferty was driving home from an all-candidates meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Thursday night when he hit a bear on a highway.
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Rafferty said the collision caused his Jeep to roll into a ditch and over a couple of pine trees before it came to a stop.
"The first thing I thought ... was 'why am I listening to country music,"' said Rafferty, who noted he'd been listening to a symphony station before the crash.
"I tried to get out — my door was jammed shut ... and I had to crawl out the other side," said Rafferty, who was uninjured in the collision.
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Rafferty said he then remembered the bear was still on the highway.
"I didn't want anyone else to hit it, so I had to get up and climb up the bank and start waving my hands," he said. "I did just in time for the next vehicle."
Rafferty said the driver of a pickup was able to swerve and only clip the bear's carcass.
The NDP candidate estimated the animal weighed about 350 pounds.
"I've got a rental, so the campaign continues," he said, adding the riding is large and it's not uncommon for him to drive 400 kilometres between events.