Woman swerves to avoid moose in Woodland, hits house instead

Posted May 09, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.

WOODLAND, Maine— A New Sweden woman who swerved to avoid a moose in the roadway on Thursday evening ended up hitting a house instead.

No injuries were reported, but there was extensive damage to the home owned by Sheldon Ketch, according to Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Darrell Crandall.

Crandall said Friday that the accident took place just after 10 p.m. as Makaila Bourgoine, 20, was northbound on Route 161 in her 2003 Dodge Intrepid.

A moose appeared in the roadway and Bourgoine swerved in an attempt to avoid it. She lost control of the vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane, left the roadway and struck the northeast corner of Ketch’s home. Crandall said the car was more than half way inside the home when first responders arrived.

Bourgoine was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured, but her car was significantly damaged.

Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Caribou Fire Department and Caribou Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.