Franklin County sees five moose crashes in days as officials urge cautious driving

Posted Aug. 06, 2013, at 6:31 a.m.
Trooper Timmy Saucier’'s cruiser camera recorded this video seconds before his car collided with this moose near Ashland in Aroostook County in 2010. The impact threw the animal over the hood and into the windshield of the car. Saucier was not injured.
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Trooper Timmy Saucier’'s cruiser camera recorded this video seconds before his car collided with this moose near Ashland in Aroostook County in 2010. The impact threw the animal over the hood and into the windshield of the car. Saucier was not injured.

FARMINGTON, Maine — After investigating five moose crashes over the last few days, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is warning motorists to be on the lookout, especially in the northern areas of the county.

There have been collisions with moose on Route 27 in Wyman Township, Route 4 in Sandy River Plantation, Route 16 in Coplin Plantation and Route 4 in Rangeley.

“Those driving the roads, especially in the early morning and evening hours, are encouraged to drive with extreme caution,” Lt. David Rackliffe said. “Moose can be frightened by the sound of your approaching vehicle and run into the roadway.”

Most motor vehicle crashes with moose lead to extensive motor vehicle damage and frequently the death of the moose.

No one was injured in the moose crashes in the past few days, he said. That’s not always the case.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers to use caution and give full attention to driving and wear their seat belt.

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