HOWLAND (AP) – A crash Tuesday night on Interstate 95 involving a moose, a tractor-trailer and a Jeep Wrangler claimed the lives of a man and a woman from central Maine.

The tractor-trailer struck and killed the moose and pulled to the side of the road before the Jeep hit the animal’s remains and swerved into the breakdown lane and into the rear of the tractor-trailer, state police said.

The occupants of the Jeep, driver Kirk Sirois, 31, of Norridgewock and Sandra Shaw, 31, of Madison, were dead at the scene of the 10 p.m. accident in the southbound lanes.

The driver of the truck, Adam Tomkins, 24, of Tilley, New Brunswick, was uninjured.

A second vehicle also struck the remains of the moose, but no one was hurt.

State police cautioned motorists that there has been a rash of moose collisions along the interstate around Medway during the past month, including an accident just north of town in which a woman was killed over the Memorial Day weekend when her car struck a moose.

Dozens of moose collisions also have been reported in southern Maine this year, and police have advised motorists to be extra cautious, especially at night when it is difficult to see the animals.

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

AP-ES-06-27-07 1032EDT

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