June 26, 2009

Moose makes a mess of interstate

Multiple vehicle crashes took place on Interstate 29 near Grand Forks, N.D., after a moose wandered onto the highway, police say.

An unidentified Highway Patrol trooper said the interstate mess began when a pickup truck hit the moose, resulting in the truck driving into a ditch and turning onto its side, the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reported Friday.

A minivan also ended up in the ditch after hitting the remnants of the moose carcass Thursday, leaving the driver with non-serious injuries.

The trooper said another minivan then struck the moose carcass, prompting the animal's intestines to become wrapped around the vehicle's drive shaft. The driver of the third vehicle was not hurt, the Herald said.

The traffic accidents forced the interstate to be closed for nearly 10 minutes as wreckage was cleared and emergency personnel were called to the scene to treat those injured in the crashes.