CARIBOU, Maine – A long-time Aroostook County state trooper who struck a moose with his cruiser in 2007 hit another one on Wednesday morning. This also was the second moose-cruiser accident in Aroostook County in under a month.
Trooper Fred Thomas, whose career in law enforcement spans more than two decades, was patrolling on U.S. Route 1 just north of Caribou on Wednesday morning when he struck a moose. Thomas had just finished investigating another vehicle-moose collision that had occurred a half-mile away.
The moose slammed into the windshield of the cruiser and Thomas was showered with broken glass, according to Stephen McCausland, the spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.
He suffered bumps and bruises and was taken to the Cary Medical Center in Caribou, where he was treated and released.
The crash that Thomas was investigating involved a tractor-trailer striking and killing that animal and causing considerable damage to the rig, but no injury to the driver.
In 2007, Thomas walked away unscathed after his cruiser collided with a moose on U.S. Route 1 in Westfield.
That accident also happened on a Wednesday, and also left him covered in glass but otherwise unhurt.
Thomas was patrolling just south of Presque Isle that day when he came upon three moose that had stepped into the roadway. Although Thomas was able to miss two of the animals, he could not avoid hitting the third, a young bull moose.
The animal smashed into the front end of the cruiser and vaulted over the top of the vehicle, where it came to rest on the back windshield.
The cruiser had an estimated $10,000 in damage and the moose was killed.
Three weeks ago, Trooper Chuck Michaud also was slightly injured when his cruiser struck a moose in Woodland.
Michaud was responding to a call to assist another trooper in Perham when the animal stepped directly into his path on Route 228 in Woodland.
Michaud sustained minor injuries and was taken by the Caribou Ambulance Department to Cary Medical Center in Caribou.
He was treated and released a short time later.
The 2009 Crown Victoria cruiser had major front-end and windshield damage.