Canadian man dies after motorcycle-moose crash in Dennistown

Posted Sept. 02, 2012, at 6:59 p.m.

DENNISTOWN, Maine — A man from Canada was killed on Saturday night after he struck a moose while riding on his motorcycle, according to police.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi II said the man was traveling north on Route 201 when he hit a moose and was thrown from his 2009 Harley-Davidson. The operator was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passer-by discovered the incident and reported it to police at 8:34 p.m. Saturday. Gottardi said police are not releasing the man’s name until next of kin is notified. He said the operator was an adult male from Canada.

The moose was not found and the motorcycle was totaled.

The operator was wearing a helmet, said Gottardi.

Dennistown is located northwest of Jackman.

Gottardi warned drivers to be careful when driving at night.

“Persons are urged to take caution when traveling the roads at night, as animals, such as moose or deer, are frequenting the roadways in an attempt to escape insects and also to feed along the roadside,” said Gottardi. “Caution should also be used when you spot an animal in the roadway, as there may be other animals with the one spotted.

“At night, animals such as moose, which are very dark in color, are hard to spot until you are close to them,” continued Gottardi. “Once the animal is frightened, they can travel in any direction, including right towards the motor vehicle, as they [could be] startled or blinded by the headlights.”

Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Eugene Cole and Deputy Don Avery responded and investigated the accident. The were assisted at the scene by the U.S. Border Patrol and Jackman Fire and Ambulance. U.S. and Canada Customs also assisted. The investigation is ongoing, said Gottardi.

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