LEE -- A Lee woman and a young boy escaped serious injury after accidentally hitting a moose with their car, killing the large, antlered animal.
Around 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Holly Johnston was traveling westbound on Route 102, just past the Big Y supermarket, when the bull moose suddenly jumped into the path of her Hyundai sedan, according to Lee police. The moose died on impact and the Hyundai was a total loss, said Sgt. Jeff Roosa.
"The moose came at her in full stride and the car took the legs out," said Roosa. "She never had a chance to react."
Police say a second driver headed eastbound, Amy Raifstanger of Sandisfield, crashed her 2013 Subaru into Johnston's vehicle while trying to avoid the accident scene.
Johnston, her friend's 20-month-old son whom she was transporting, and Raifstanger were all taken to Berkshire Medical Center as a precaution, police said. The two were drivers and the boy were treated and released, according to Johnston. "We are all OK," she told The Eagle in a Facebook post.
Massachusetts Environmental Police responded to the scene and took custody of the moose's body. It was hauled away by a Massachusetts Department of Transportation highway crew.
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