They had a close brush with death in the corridor that leads to the Islands

Ils frôlent la mort dans le corridor qui mène aux Îles

The eldest daughter of a couple in quebec hospitalized in New Brunswick press, Quebec and the maritime provinces to put an end to the requirements as “inhumane” that govern the access corridor to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, where her parents were close to death after crashing into a moose in the dark.

The couple had to shoot a 12-hour drive when he arrived in the vicinity of Fredericton. Both in their fifties stop there, usually to sleep and end their trip the next day. However, the requirements of New Brunswick, which prohibits stopping except for refueling in gasoline, made it impossible that judgment.

Synonym of appeal to the rest, the crossing of the sector on the trans-canada highway has rather turned into a nightmare to 22h. A moose has violently failed on the windshield of the family car, including the airbags were not deployed. The couple is still in hospital, although in stable condition, five days later.

Volte-face

Alexandra Fortin-Blais, the eldest of the four children of the couple, has had to make feet and hands to get to the bedside of his mother. After having “30 to 40 calls” to ensure crossing the border without hassle, RCMP officers have served a warning: “go Back to Quebec before midnight.”

She and her husband are finally presented to hospital in Fredericton with a special permission of the director-general of the institution, ensuring access to the room of his mother.

“We were told that we had not the right of the see, that the supervisor had surely erred, since there is no visit, is explained poorly Alexandra Fortin-Blais. I was a metre away from my mother, in front of his door, and I could not see it.”

Overwhelmed by the emotions and fatigue, she burst into tears at the idea of turning back to respect the conditions of access. “I told them that there was a need of sleep, she says. It has all the prices so that the Red Cross gives us permission to sleep in as if it was a favour.”

If she was grateful for the quality care and kindness of the nursing staff, it was against the rules of provincial “inhuman” applied with zeal. Their unaltered application has also led his brother, injured in the accident, to be put in a taxi at 3 o’clock in the morning, without money or knowledge to assist him in an unknown city.

“He was a prisoner at the hotel. He could not get out, not even for food,” says his big sister, pointing to the kindness of a nurse who has taken the initiative to go get him to eat at the end of her shift.

“Very dangerous,”

Like elected islanders who denounced the danger of the corridor, Monday, Alexandra Fortin-Blais is concerned for the thousands of travelers who will take the road “in the same conditions as its parents”: a drive at night on a journey of more than a dozen hours, which traverses three areas judged to be “very dangerous” by the authorities in new brunswick because of the strong presence of moose.

The damaged car of the couple from quebec.

“From [tomorrow], with the tourist season, there will be thousands more people who are going to do the road. I dare not imagine what will happen”, warns Ms. Fortin-Blais.

“It’s certainly going to happen to other people. They have been unlucky to fall on a moose, but the risk will be there all summer, ja-t-it. It takes how many stories like this one to make things happen?”

By writing

The office of the prime minister, challenged by elected officials from the islands to take ownership of the folder of the access corridor, did not respond to this query, referring to Sonia LeBel, manager of Relations with canada.

The minister was limited to a brief comment in writing on Wednesday, saying that “security is at the heart of our priorities” and ensuring that “the channels of communication remain open” with the maritime provinces.

The office of the prime minister of new brunswick, Blaine Higgs, has not responded to the request of the Journal, on Wednesday.

Corridor Québec – Îles-de-la-Madeleine

  • 720 kilometers between Dégelis (QC), and Mice (I.-P.-É.).
  • 3 areas in Nb where the risk of a collision with a moose is considered “very dangerous”.
  • Prohibition of stopping to eat or sleep.
  • The months of June, July and August represent the period of three months where there are the most collisions with moose in N. B.
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