June 20, 2018
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Moose-car collision sends Stratton woman to hospital


NEW SHARON, Maine — A Stratton woman was taken to an area hospital Thursday after a bull moose burst from the woods and collided with her car on Route 27.

Jean Gutman, 68, was transported by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with serious head injuries from the accident, police told the Morning Sentinel.

She was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon.

Gutman was traveling south on Route 27 toward Belgrade around 6:20 p.m. when the moose darted in front of her 2010 Subaru hatchback, police said.

The moose smashed into the car, pushed onto the hood before crashing into the windshield and partially peeling back the roof. Gutman’s passenger, Hugh Verrier, 79, of Starks, wasn’t hurt.

The moose was estimated to have weighed at least 750 pounds, and the carcass was taken to D.E.W. Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary in Mount Vernon, and was used as food for animals.

Police told the Sentinel the collision was unavoidable.

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