Moose vs MINI

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  1. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

    Mar 30, 2009
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    Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2015 7:00 am | Updated: 7:41 am, Sat May 9, 2015.

    MAUREEN DOLAN/[email protected]

    A Coeur d'Alene couple are grateful to be alive after their vehicle struck a bull moose Tuesday on Interstate 90.

    Melinda Messenger was behind the wheel, and her husband, Steve Messenger, was in the passenger seat when their Mini Cooper collided with the animal as they were traveling through Kingston at 9 p.m., on their way home to Coeur d'Alene.

    "He was immediately in front of me, just standing there," Melinda said. "Then there was the crash, the explosion. That was all I remembered until I got to the hospital."

    The front end of the little car knocked the animal's legs from under it, Steve said. The impact blew out the car's windows.

    The husband and wife were both knocked unconscious.

    "Thank God we were in the Mini," Steve said. "The officer said if we were in our SUV, instead of hitting the front of the roof, the bull moose would have gone through the windshield."

    Teresa Baker, spokeswoman for Idaho State Police, said the roughly 1,000-pound moose rolled on top of the car, crushing the roof down into the vehicle.

    Melinda had to be extricated from the wreckage. She is able to recall brief moments of consciousness while she was trapped in the car. She saw the deployed air bags, the broken glass and twisted metal.

    "I was covered in moose fur and moose dung," she said.

    The excrement covered her glasses, causing her to think she was blind.

    The pair didn't escape without injury. They both had concussions. Melinda has a neck strain and her face is peppered with small cuts.

    Steve suffered a head injury. The roof crushed onto him, cutting into his scalp.

    "But it could have been so much worse. We're just doing great, praise the Lord," Melinda said.

    They're on the mend at home.

    The moose wasn't so lucky. The ISP spokeswoman said someone in the area was able to salvage about 700 pounds of moose meat from the animal's carcass.

    Melinda said she and Steve went online and researched bull moose collisions.
    "There are not too many people who survive," Melinda said.

    She said they bought the Mini Cooper Clubman because BMW, the car's manufacturer, touts the Mini's safety features.

    "We're going to write a letter and let them know they're absolutely right," Melinda said.

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  2. Crashton

    Crashton Club Coordinator

    Jun 4, 2009
    Retired old fart
    Hooterville Ohio USA
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    Damned lucky to have survived that. I'm sure someone will salvage 700 pounds of MINI parts from the poor clubsters carcase.
  3. wmwny

    wmwny Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2009
    Piqua, Ohio
    +2,422 / 8 / -0
    Horny lil must be a turn-on.:ihih:

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