SCARBOROUGH (AP) -Three men escaped serious injury Tuesday when the two cars they were in struck two moose on the Maine Turnpike, police said.

The accidents occurred after 1 a.m. in the southbound lane near the Scarborough-Saco town line.

When the first car struck the moose, the animal crashed through the windshield before coming to a rest on the highway, according to Maine State Police. The second car then struck the other moose before running over the remains of the first one.

Police said the three men were injured, but not seriously. Their names were not immediately available.

State police are urging motorists to be on the lookout because this is the time of the year when moose and deer become more active and appear on the state’s roadways.

There were three vehicle collisions with moose north of Medway on Interstate 95 last week, one of which killed a driver and injured a passenger, police said.

If a collision is imminent, police say hitting the animal at an angle will likely deflect the body away from the passenger compartment.

AP-ES-05-29-07 1136EDT


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