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Driver strikes moose in Aitkin County crash

HILL CITY, Minn. — A 25-year-old woman was driving south of Hill City when her vehicle struck a moose late Monday, May 21, in an area atypical for the animal.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported Jaime Leigh Wurtz of Otsego suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she struck a moose while traveling north on Highway 169 in Aitkin County. The crash was reported at 10:14 p.m. Monday.

Wurtz was wearing a seat belt while driving the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am involved in the crash. She was not transported to a hospital.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the range of moose generally exists in two areas of the state: the Arrowhead region from Duluth northward, and the northwestern portion extending south to about Detroit Lakes. The area of Aitkin County where the crash occurred is to the west of typical moose habitat.

No information was available about the moose.