Motorcyclist in hospital after hitting moose

Posted May 04, 2010, at 9:42 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Caribou man remained at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Tuesday after being seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a moose on Monday.

Paul Michaud, 46, suffered head injuries in the accident, according to the Presque Isle Police Department.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the status of Michaud’s condition could not be confirmed Tuesday, but said that he was in critical condition Monday evening.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Laurie Kelley said Michaud was heading east on Conant Road around 5 a.m. when the moose walked out in front of him.

Michaud tried to avoid the collision but ended up striking the animal and was thrown from the 1984 Yamaha motorcycle. Michaud was not wearing a helmet and suffered head injuries, according to Kelley.

Two motorists stopped at the scene to assist Michaud before Crown Ambulance arrived and took him to The Aroostook Medical Center. He then was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to EMMC.

The moose was not killed in the accident, Kelley said Tuesday.

Kelley said police in the city have dealt with a few moose-vehicle crashes so far this spring, but none resulted in serious injury until Monday’s accident.

State Department of Transportation crash data indicate that each spring, the frequency of moose-vehicle collisions increases in April and continues to climb until it peaks in mid-June.

According to DOT crash statistics, Maine has averaged more than 600 moose-vehicle crashes a year over the past 10 years, with more than 100 people injured each year in such accidents.

The DOT says drivers can lower their chances of colliding with moose by:

• Reducing speed when it is dark.

• Using high beams wherever appropriate.

• Always having everyone buckle up.

• Searching the roadway ahead to identify potential problems.

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