Wandering duck, ducklings cause five-car collision on Pitt’s Memorial Drive

Joe Gibbons
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A duck in pursuit of her ducklings crossing the west-bound lane on Pitt’s Memorial Drive near an embankment above Southside Road caused a multi-vehicle accident around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The driver of the lead vehicle in a line of traffic slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the duck, which resulted in a five-vehicle, chain-reaction collision. There were no serious injuries as a result of the accident.

Two of the responding RNC street patrol officers, Const. Mike Hollett and Const. Devon Thompson took their duties to preserve and protect seriously and rescued the six ducklings from a concrete drainage culvert adjacent to the eastbound lane. City of St. John’s Humane Services employees also showed up to assist in the duckling rescue.

Thompson climbed down an inside ladder to the running water and used a humane services dip net to corrall the ducklings one by one and passed them up through the drain opening to the human services employees.

The six ducklings were taken to a safe environment to be cared for until they can be released into the waters of Bowring Park, where it was believed the mother duck originated.



Organizations: Humane Services

Geographic location: Bowring Park

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  • Bo
    June 02, 2014 - 03:23

    What is wrong with people! Poor animals doing right thing and going after her babies! Kudos to police and humane services for showing "Humanity"! Let's keep wiping out the animals-soon we will be the only ones left and we turn on each other! Thanks to the first driver for showing some love! Everyone else-like was said2second rule!!!!

  • Marshall Art
    June 01, 2014 - 09:49

    Just another example of what can happen when so many drivers do what they love to do, tailgate other drivers. They don't give a damn about the one car length distance from the vehicle in front, for every 10 mph. You see these stupid knobs in your rearview mirror, and know they don't have enough stopping distance if you have to suddenly apply your brakes. They're the same dopes who stop within inches of your bumper at a stop sign or red light. They're too stunned to know they should be able to see the rear tires of your vehicle. Back off, morons !!! You're a menace to responsible drivers.

  • Brent
    May 30, 2014 - 16:22

    Yep, not the lead driver's fault at all. Good for them for trying to prevent running over an animal. Drivers following them are legally required to stay at a far enough distance from the cars ahead of them to have adequate stopping at a given speed. Hopefully each of the drivers ahead of someone who ran into them gets the full value of their repairs paid for by the driver behind them.

  • Phil
    May 30, 2014 - 12:40

    You gotta be kidding right? Sorry but if Im doing 100 on pitts memorial and theres a bunch of cars following me doing 100 also, then guess what? Its duck a la car for dinner!

  • Les
    May 30, 2014 - 09:54

    Yeah why don't we just wipe out the population of all creatures now except humans. We are the only ones with the right to be on this planet. Please shut up! Maybe if fools slowed the hell down and stopped driving up the other persons hole there wouldn't have been a five car pile up. Personally, its people like you who's population needs to be controlled (along with their mouths) not the ducks!

  • Misslaced values
    May 30, 2014 - 08:14

    Poor judgement on the stopping driver's part. The well being of an animal should never take precedence over the safety of other humans.

    • Annoyed
      May 30, 2014 - 18:15

      Poor judgment? I think the poor judgment lies on the part of those following behind the poor lady who hit the brakes. What would have happened if that was a child who ran into the road? It is not like that is an impossible thing, yet it is probably impossible to think you would be able to stop safely without being run over by the car (or 4) behind you. The point is the law requires you to travel at a safe following distance, which allows you time to respond in a situation such as this, and these fools were not doing that. People drive bumper to bumper in here, and that is why there are so many ridiculous accidents that should never happen in the first place. I often drive on Pitts, and people are so close I can't even see their headlights in my mirrors- you're all in a rush to get where? You're all in rush to cause an accident in my opinion. You won't be in such a rush to pay for the consequences though, will you.

  • Tim
    May 30, 2014 - 01:03

    Stupid fools following too close. I hope they all get nailed on their insurance. Excepting the lady who stopped for the duckies of course. There's a reason for the two second rule, folks. Stop driving like morons.

    • Yo mama
      May 31, 2014 - 13:46

      Preach cuz!!! Serves them all right, except the first lady.

    • Brad
      June 01, 2014 - 20:31

      You mean the stupid fool who stopped for NO valid reason on a highway of all places? The lady who stopped should get nailed for dangerous driving and impeding the flow of traffic, the others were all driving at a safe speed

  • Dee
    May 29, 2014 - 22:47

    Time to do something with these old ducks anyway.They are nothing but a common nuisance,how many times do people have to stop on Waterford Bridge Rd for long periods of time to let these ducks pass or just wait until they decide if they are going to cross or not and the city think they are wonderful.This could have cost someone their life today and many other days.let me tell you if it was someone's dogs or wandering cats the city be after stepping in by now to have them removed,just like the fox on Signal Hill .But because they are ducks and it's beautiful Bowering Park it's ok or beautiful Mundy Pond but ask the residents what they think about having these dirty things using their lawns and gardens as bathrooms.Time to control their population.

    • Courtney
      May 30, 2014 - 14:24

      Most humans are awful. And a pleasant delight in the sea of garbage and potholes we create. Humans are the 'dirty things'. Keep some of the nature around! It's NEWFOUNDLAND. If you don't like it, there's a concrete suburbia for you and your big useless truck.

    • Seriously
      May 30, 2014 - 16:40

      WOW... lets just wipe out every animal that gets in our way. After all we are the ones who are having to wait on them as we drive through areas that we have taken from them. You are right, lets take away the mothers from the young and kill them or put them somewhere else until we as people move into those areas and take over. As a society we would of course indorse the removal of a parent who was interfering with traffic and leave a new born behind to fend for itself!!!

    • Joey99
      May 30, 2014 - 20:42

      Dee, you are one terrifying human being. Something slows you down for 20 seconds of your day and you want it culled? Allllright Hitler. I hope you never obtain a position of power (though from the intelligence behind your comment, I think we're safe from that occurrence). Les and Tim, you are bang on - people drive like maniacs, and if they didn't tailgate so badly, or if they lost even a shred of their sense of self-importance (I can drive as fast as I want because where I'm going is more urgent and important than where all these other people are going), than we could avoid bowling over the animals that share our home, and avoid accidents. I am seriously disturbed by this person.