LITTLETON, Maine — A father and son escaped injury early Monday afternoon when the vehicle they were riding in collided with a moose that stepped directly into their path.
Sgt. Forrest Dudley of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that Jared Bartlett, 33, of Orient was heading north on U.S. Route 1 when the moose stepped into the roadway.
Bartlett was accompanied by his 13-year-old son, Tyler.
The driver tried to avoid the crash but could not, and his 2006 Chevy van careened into a ditch after he struck the animal.
Dudley said the van was a total loss.
The moose was killed.
Both Bartlett and his son were wearing seat belts and neither was hurt, according to Dudley.
The Houlton Fire Department responded to the call, as did the Houlton Ambulance Department.
Police are warning motorists to be on the lookout for moose this time of year, as flies drive the animals out of the woods. Fresh vegetation along roadsides also brings moose out.