EAGLE LAKE — The police chief in the northern Maine town of Ashland is recovering after sustaining injuries when his vehicle collided with a moose and then crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.

Officials say 46-year-old Cyr Martin was seriously injured when his sport utility vehicle struck a moose on Route 11 between Portage and Eagle Lake at about 7:45 a.m. yesterday.

State Police Sgt. Tom Pelletier told the Bangor Daily News that Martin’s vehicle then swerved into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with the pickup.

A passenger in the truck was treated and released from a hospital in Fort Kent. Martin and the pickup truck driver, Melford Bouchard of Newburgh, were flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Pelletier said Martin suffered serious injuries to both legs, while Bouchard sustained chest injuries.