Luckily, the man driving this car walked away with only minor injuries. The crash occurred in central Maine near the town of Greenville.
As evidence of the frequency of moose vs. car encounters in Maine, we editors found the following post on the Maine State Police Facebook page:
“Trooper Dennis Quint was injured late Tuesday night when his cruiser struck a moose along Route 1 in Cyr Plantation in northern Aroostook County. The trooper at the time was responding to a car/moose collision in the same town. He was a few miles away from the first crash when a moose darted out into the road and collided with his cruiser. The 2013 Ford Interceptor was demolished (photo below), and Quint sustained cuts to his head and hand. He was transported to Cary Hospital where he was treated and released.”
Hitting a whitetail with a car is bad, but hitting a moose is usually much worse because a moose stands so much taller than a whitetail, which often results in the moose’s body smashing through the windshield. In addition, whitetails typically weigh 100-200 pounds, whereas a full-grown moose can tip the scales at well over 1,000 pounds.
Driving lesson for the day: Slow down—especially after dark—and keep your eyes on the road.