07/29/2014 09:47 EDT | Updated 09/28/2014 05:59 EDT

Beaver blamed when tree strikes car on highway

A family of four visiting P.E.I. from Quebec was lucky to escape injury when a tree fell on their car as they were driving down the highway, say RCMP.

The family was driving along Route 16 in the eastern end of the province, near Priest Pond. The driver saw the tree starting to fall but was unable to avoid it. The vehicle sustained significant damage to the roof, windshield, and to a cargo box that was mounted on the roof. There were four people in the car — a couple in the front seats and a one- and a two-year-old in the back — but none were injured.

RCMP examined the trunk of the tree that had fallen and saw that it had been gnawed just about all of the way through by a beaver. Several other large trees in the area that were still standing had similar damage.  Arrangements were made to have the damaged trees taken safely down.

"The beaver is still at large," said RCMP in a news release.