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Man flown to hospital after car hits moose at freeway speeds

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Mar 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-31 17:44:21-04
Moose vs car blood saturation

Image courtesy Utah Department of Public Safety

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah – A man was taken to a hospital via medical helicopter after a moose moved into the lane he was driving in and the car collided with the animal at about 70 mph.

According to information from the Utah Department of Public Safety, the 61-year-old male from West Valley City was traveling westbound on SR 40 near Strawberry Reservoir Saturday at about 8:30 p.m.

The car was traveling in the right lane going between 65 and 75 mph when the cow moose entered the Saturn’s lane of travel. The driver was not able to stop, and the moose went up onto the hood and then into the windshield—causing it to cave in.

The driver had several lacerations and he was taken to IMC via Lifeflight. Officials said Sunday the man was in stable condition.

The moose was killed.