Police probe 2 crashes involving moose

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two vehicle crashes involving a female moose. Both crashes occurred Wednesday around 6:15 p.m. on M-95 about five miles south of U.S. 41 in Humboldt Township.

The first vehicle was traveling north and struck the moose in the northbound lane before fleeing the scene. Witnesses describe the driver as a man in his late 50s to early 60s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with short, clean cut, gray hair. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The driver was traveling with a female passenger in a newer, dark-colored SUV, similar to a Ford Escape. There was damage to the passenger side front end of the vehicle. Anyone with information about this vehicle is asked to contact the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

The second vehicle was following the first and struck the moose while it was still standing in the road. The driver, a 63-year-old Munising woman, complained of head, neck, and back pain and was taken to Bell Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

The moose was killed as a result of the crashes and was brought to the Ishpeming DNR office.