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6 vehicles collide with moose in 1 night

June 8, 2013

HOULTON, Maine (AP) — It’s not unusual for drivers to hit moose in northern Maine in late spring but it is unusual to have six moose-vehicle collisions in one night, Maine State Police said.

Six drivers hit moose in different parts of northern Maine Thursday night.

The crashes happened in Connor, Staceyville, Frenchville, Bridgewater and two other areas. A seventh vehicle collided with a deer in Hersey the same night.

Most of the drivers were unharmed except one who suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. In all the crashes, the moose were able to run off, said Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris.

“The State Police would like to remind motorists that moose and deer are very active right now, especially at night and commonly cross roadways as they travel,” state police said. ” Troopers urge you to use extra caution when driving, especially at night, that you are mindful of your speed and please wear your seatbelt.”

Nearly 90 percent of vehicle-moose collisions occur between dusk and dawn, when moose move around more and when it is especially hard to see their dark coloring.

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