LAKE PLACID — A car collided with a
400-plus-pound moose Thursday night in North Elba, sending three people to
State Police reported Tina Premo, 40,
of Malone, and Brittany Rolley, 17, were riding in a car driven by Stacy
Sears, 35, of Saranac Lake when it hit a moose
at around 9:15 p.m. on Route 86 between the junctions of Carolyn Road and Old Military Road, about a mile from the Price Chopper shopping area.
The extent of their injuries was not known Friday morning, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.
The moose was killed in the collision.
Lake Placid Fire Department head driver Brad Jaques said they dispatched two trucks and 20 firefighters.
Sears and both passengers were out of the wrecked four-door Mercury Sable sedan by the time firefighters arrived, so no extrication was required.
Damage to the vehicle was substantial, Jaques said, with the windshield smashed and the roof partially crushed.
“Everyone was transported to the hospital: one to Lake Placid and two to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.”
The moose collision was the first Lake Placid fire and police officials recalled so near the heavily populated hamlet.
Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologist Ed Reed said the moose was a 400-to-500-pound female calf, about one year old.
It is “not at all” unusual for moose to be crossing the road so close to the village, he said.
“There are woods on both sides of the road adjoining state land. They don’t seem to have a lot of fear of people.”
DEC spokesman David Winchell reported three other moose were killed by vehicles in the Adirondacks during May.
“One in the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, was also killed last night (Thursday),” Winchell said. The other two accidents were on Route 30 north of Paul Smiths in Franklin County and on Route 30 between Speculator and Wells in Hamilton County.
In summer and fall of 2006, DEC recorded the death of 10 moose in the Adirondacks, six from collisions with vehicles, including one in North Elba and one in Bloomingdale.