Shawn Stoughton of Gooderham was on his way home when he collided with a moose.

Stoughton believes he was going ‘a touch over the speed limit’ when his Harley Davidson struck a moose on Tamarack Lake Road, according to an interview he gave to The Haliburton Highlander. Although he survived the collision, Stoughton sustained a series of injuries including internal bleeding, two broken ribs, a broken kneecap, a torn meniscus, a broken bone in his hand, and partially separated vertebrae in his neck.

After being airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Stoughton spent seven days there, including his 54th birthday.

Stoughton’s wife who heard the collision knew it was her husband because of the distinctly loud exhaust on his motorcycle. When Stoughton’s wife heard the crash she ran to find the moose dead, and her husband had been thrown 30 feet into a ditch nearby.

Back home now, Stoughton hopes to heal quickly and get back to work as a plumber and get back to playing in the band Wescali which he and his son belong to.