MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Sheriff's Office is investigating two traffic crashes along M-95 in Humboldt Township, which occurred Wednesday night, resulting in one driver being injured and the death of a cow moose.
Deputies said the crash was reported at 6:15 p.m. and occurred about five miles south of the intersection of M-95 and U.S. 41. Two vehicles struck a cow moose, which was killed as a result.
Police said the first vehicle to hit the moose was traveling north. The vehicle - which was described by witnesses as a newer, dark sport utility vehicle similar to a Ford Escape - fled the scene. Police said the driver was described as a male in his late 50s to early 60s, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with short, clean cut gray hair. He was traveling with a female passenger.
This cow moose was struck by two vehicles and killed Wednesday night along M-95 in Humboldt Township. One driver fled the scene after the crash. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo)
Deputies said alcohol was suspected to be involved in this crash. The vehicle sustained damage to the passenger side front end, police said.
The second vehicle, a Toyota Camry, was traveling north behind the SUV and also hit the moose as it continued to stand in the roadway. The driver of the Toyota was a 63-year-old Munising woman police did not identify. She complained of head, neck and back pain from the crash, deputies said.
Police said the woman was wearing a safety belt and the airbags in the vehicle did not deploy. She was taken to Bell Memorial by Bell EMS for evaluation.
The carcass of the moose was taken to the DNR field office in Ishpeming Township.
Additional agencies assisting at the scene included the Republic Township Fire-First Responders and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Anyone with additional information on the SUV is asked to call the sheriff's office at 225-8435.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.