Brewer man dies after his van strikes moose on Interstate 95

Posted July 08, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.

HOWLAND, Maine — A Brewer man died on Interstate 95 in Howland at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday in the first fatal moose-vehicle collision of 2014, state police said.

Sydney Oakes, 60, died at the scene after his Dodge Grand Caravan struck a moose as he drove in the southbound lane, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety

No passengers were in the vehicle, McCausland said.

Drivers, McCausland said, should exercise caution at this time of year, especially when driving at night. Due to their height and dark coloring, moose are difficult to see at night and will often suddenly dart into roadways to escape insects, he said. They are especially active at night.

Maine typically records more than 500 moose-vehicle crashes annually, many resulting in serious injury. There were no fatal moose collisions in 2013 and in 2011, but two people died in separate crashes in 2012. Three fatal accidents occurred in 2010, McCausland said.

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