TOPSHAM, Maine — Police say a 50-year-old man was killed when the car he was in struck a moose on Interstate 295 in Topsham.
Maine State Police said Jose Jarez of Scarborough was killed instantly when the moose crashed through the windshield of the car driven by his brother Jorge Jarez, who suffered minor injuries. The accident occurred about 8 p.m. Saturday.
Moments after the collision, a car driven by 22-year-old Meghan Glancy of Woolwich overturned and skidded on its roof after striking the dead animal in the highway. Police say Glancy suffered back and neck injuries and was taken by LifeFlight helicopter, which landed on the interstate, to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
Jorge Jarez was treated at Parkview Hospital and then released.
The southbound lane of I-295 was closed for almost three hours Saturday night, according to a press release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Route 201 was used as the detour around the crash site, with traffic diverted at the Bowdoinham exit.
State police troopers were assisted at the crash site by Topsham and Brunswick police and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department.