Millinocket man hurt when car hits moose

Posted July 10, 2010, at 3:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.

T2 R6, Maine — A Millinocket man was taken to a hospital Friday night after his car hit a moose on Interstate 95 just north of the Lincoln exit.

James Marther, 53, was taken to the Millinocket Regional Hospital complaining of head pain, Maine State Trooper Barry Meserve said Saturday.

Further information about the man’s injuries was not available Saturday.

The moose was killed and Marther’s 2005 Toyota Prius was demolished, according to Meserve.

The trooper said that in the past 10 days, he and other troopers who cover the interstate in northern Penobscot County have handled five or six similar accidents. He speculated the moose were leaving the woods to escape deer flies swarming because of the recent hot, humid weather.

Meserve advised people traveling after dark from Howland to the northern regions of the state to slow down and keep their headlights on high.

“The problem,” he said, “is that when you’re driving the speed limit or above, you can’t see them before they are running across the road and your headlights catch the glare off their eyes. Then, it’s too late because they are in your lane.”

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