POCATELLO — Two people were transported to Portneuf Medical Center with minor injuries after their truck was struck by a moose along Interstate 86 near the Highway 30 exit in Pocatello.
Idaho State Police Cpl. Chris Baker said the flatbed Dodge 2500 pickup, which has Montana plates, was eastbound on I-86 and had just passed the Highway 30 exit shortly after 8 p.m. when it was struck by the moose. The car then slid off the interstate into the median where it rolled once.
“There were two occupants,” Baker said. “Both were transported with minor injuries.”
Baker, who wasn’t the investigating officer, had few additional details. He did say, however that the same moose likely hit a car just a few minutes earlier in the same area. That car was not so severely damaged and the driver pulled off I-86 at the Chubbuck exit, making his way to the Walgreen’s parking lot where he called emergency services to report the incident.
The moose, which Baker estimates was a two- to three-year old male, was killed in the incident. The carcass was removed by Fort Hall Fish and Game.
Uncertain just how the moose hit the pickup, Baker theorizes by looking at the damage, that the moose hit the truck on the driver’s side.
Idaho State Police were still investigating the incident at press time and no further details were available.