Moose crashes through windshield of Mustang on MN freeway: Cops

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Stock photo of a moose. An adult female moose recently collided with a Ford Mustang and crashed through the windshield, injuring a passenger, according to Minnesota officials.

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A moose rammed a car traveling on a Minnesota highway, injuring one of four passengers, authorities said.

The Iron Range family of four was heading north on Highway 53 in St. Louis County shortly before midnight on Saturday, June 11, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

The 1987 Ford Mustang then collided with a moose on the road – and it crashed through the windshield, the Minnesota State Patrol said in the incident report.

A 37-year-old passenger was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. The 40-year-old driver, 8-year-old boy and 7-year-old boy were not injured.

All passengers are from Eveleth, a town in northeastern Minnesota in St. Louis County.

The adult female moose died in the accident, according to the Star Tribune.

“Moose are Minnesota’s largest wild animal, and Minnesota is one of the few states to have moose,” according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. “The largest member of the deer family, averaging 950 to 1,000 pounds and sometimes exceeding 1,200 pounds. Its antlers are sometimes five feet in diameter and weigh up to 40 pounds.

This story was originally published June 13, 2022 6:06 p.m.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy National Realtime Reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumnus of agricultural communication and journalism at Kansas State University.

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