HOWLAND, Maine — A Bangor woman was injured and a moose killed after her vehicle struck the large animal on Interstate 95 Monday night, state police said.

Shawna Newton, 22, was traveling south when she struck the adult moose around mile 221 shortly before 5:30 p.m., Trooper Taylor Dube said.

The moose, which Dube estimated weighed between 700 and 800 pounds, was killed. The trooper said Newton likely did not see the moose.

Newton suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Dube said she is expected to make a full recovery. A passenger, Eric Rizzardini, 22, of Presque Isle, was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln for minor injuries and released.

The impact caused the roof of Newton’s vehicle to cave in, but both occupants were wearing seat belts, Dube said.

The interstate was shut down for about an hour so the LifeFlight helicopter could land.

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