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Elk totals police car, sends officers to hospital

TT/The Local/gm · 28 Aug 2011, 11:23

Published: 28 Aug 2011 11:23 GMT+02:00

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The accident occurred when the officers were responding to a call south of Hässleholm at around 4am in the morning as the officers were responding to a call.

Following the collision both the male and female officer were taken to hospital for treatment

”They were on their way to a case when the accident occurred. The elk ran into the car from the side and ended up on the roof,” said Marie Keismar Skåne county police officer on duty to TT.

Despite early reports suggesting otherwise, both were later released from hospital with minor injuries later that morning.

However, there was no information on the condition of the elk.

Elks are a major cause of accidents on Sweden’s roads. A report from 2008 revealed that year that collisions with game animals accounted for nearly 40,000 accidents on Sweden’s highways. Deer are generally the main culprits, with 30,982 collisions in 2008, followed by elks with 5,118.

Statistics are compiled regularly by the highways agencies, because road safety could be significantly improved if further measures are taken to stop animals getting onto the roads.

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Crashing into an elk can be an expensive business as well. One report suggested that hitting an elk causes an average of 29,000 kronor ($4,600) in repair costs, compared with some 17,000 kronor if a car collides with a deer.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:15 August 28, 2011 by occassional
Yes...got the 'responding to a call' bit.
17:46 August 28, 2011 by ooh456
Editors... do a Google Images search for 'elk'. Compare the animal shown in the search results to the one at the top of your article. Notice that it's a different animal. Now stop calling moose elk. Thank you for being rational and admitting you are wrong. Even Swedes refer to moose as moose when speaking about them in English. Have a nice day.
19:49 August 28, 2011 by Jointheratrace
The picture above is a European Elk, what North Americans call 'moose', correct for the story, and what inhabits Sweden.
20:09 August 28, 2011 by Eagle63
Fortunately Swedish police drive mainly Saabs and Volvos instead of those flimsy econoboxes the police in The Netherlands are driving....
21:31 August 28, 2011 by johan rebel
Try telling that to the police in The Hague (that's a city in the Netherlands). They drive Mercs.

Anyway, the Swedish police will soon no longer be able to obtain spare parts for their fantastic Saabs. That's of course the fault of the rest of the world. People outisde Sweden just can't get it into their thick heads that Saab makes the best cars in the world, and that they should order one as soon as possible, before the supply runs out.

Elk, closely related to elg, älg, elch, etc, describes the animal (Alces alces) known as moose to Americans. If the latter want to avoid any confusion, they can just calle their elk by its other name, wapiti.
02:57 August 29, 2011 by ooh456
@johan rebel Clearly the best way to avoid confusion is to call a moose a moose.
07:42 August 29, 2011 by senlac
I knew that someone would bring up the old Elk v Moose argument rather than just comment on the story!
08:00 August 29, 2011 by isenhand
@ooh456 or better to call and an elk an "elk"?

The animal pictured is an elk and has been called an elk in Europe long before Columbus went to America. You can see that in the various names used in Europe such as the Swedish word "älg" or the German "elch" or even the Latin "alces" all referring to the Europe elk.

The confusion comes from calling a the American "wapiti" an "elk" in error. Probably because early Europe explorers from England just referred to any large deer as "elk" without really know what an elk was.
12:36 August 29, 2011 by Little Moo
To all the americans out there: Hey, an elk looks like me, not like that one in the picture. You can check out my photo on my blog:

22:39 August 29, 2011 by McChatter
@Eagle63 Sorry to disappoint you; just seen V70 police cars in Holland on Dutch TV today. Anyway, why worry; there aren't any elks,moose or whatever you want to call them running around free in NL.
23:13 September 5, 2011 by Olu
Stop saying Elk, use international english (American)
16:18 September 6, 2011 by nibbler
Would you prefer if the rest of the native english speakers adjust what we type to the US standard as well. No s's just z's etc.
09:36 September 13, 2011 by Scandastic
I don't approve of these Elk stories at all. I say, more news about moose! (Please)
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