Seven accidents involving motorists striking moose were reported on Thursday night in Aroostook County, according to a release from Maine State Police.
A Rhode Island woman was taken to Cary Medical Center after hitting an animal after 9 p.m. in Connor, according to Sgt. Brian Harris of Troop F.
Stephanie Boisclair, 23, of was traveling north on Route 1 in her 1998 Jeep when a moose stepped into the roadway. Boisclair couldn’t avoid the moose and struck it.
Boisclair was wearing a seat belt and her injuries were not life-threatening. She was taken to the hospital by Caribou Ambulance.
Trooper Andrew Levesque went to the accident scene and was assisted by U.S. Border Patrol.
Earlier in the evening, Trooper Carman Lilley went to the scene of a car-deer collision in Hersey. Terry Sandusky, 58, of Mapleton was traveling north on Interstate 95 in a 2010 Ford when a deer crossed the road in front of him. Sandusky couldn’t avoid the deer and struck it.
Sandusky was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the crash.
Just after 9:30 p.m., Deborah Porter, 55, of Patten was traveling north on Route 11 in Staceyville in her 2001 Chrysler when two moose reportedly crossed the road in front of her. She was able to avoid one moose but struck the second one.
Porter was wearing her seat belt and did not suffer any injuries.
Just before 11 p.m., another car/moose crash was reported on Route 1 in Frenchville. Leo Bouley, 59, of Fort Kent was driving his 2005 Dodge car when he struck the moose.
Bouley was not hurt in the crash
Minutes later, Benjamin LeBlanc, 23, of Mapleton was traveling north on Route 1 in Bridgewater in his 2007 Chevrolet truck when he hit a moose. LeBlanc was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.
In addition, troopers received reports of two other car/moose crashes on Thursday night in which motorists hit moose but were not injured and did not do any reportable damage to their vehicles.
State police reminded motorists that moose and deer are very active right now, especially at night, and commonly cross roadways as they travel. Troopers urge drivers to be cautious when driving, especially at night.