Alaska State Troopers reported on Tuesday that they had received a report of a collision between a moose and a Volkswagen four door took place on Monday night killing the moose and injuring the driver.
51-year-old Jon Carpenter of Delta Junction was traveling northbound on the Richardson Highway just before 9 pm on Monday when he collided with a moose on the roadway. According to the troopers, Carpenter “traveled a considerable distance before his car came to rest in the tree line.”
Apparently, Carpenter’s vehicle became airborne after the collision. Troopers reported damage to the treetops at the scene. The vehicle also rolled at least one time before finally coming to a rest upright and on all four tires.
Carpenter was wearing his seat belt and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. Carpenter was transported by ambulance to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment of what was reported to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The moose, deceased at the scene, was salvaged.