CYR PLANTATION — A Maine state trooper responding to a crash involving a car and a moose in northern Maine was himself injured when his cruiser struck a moose.

Trooper Dennis Quint was headed north on U.S. Route 1 in Cyr Plantation at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in response to a crash involving a moose farther up the highway when the animal crossed the road in front of him and he was unable to avoid it.

Quint was treated at a hospital for cuts to his head and hands. His cruiser was totaled.

Two Van Buren woman, ages 26 and 30, were injured in the crash Quint was responding to. They both suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

A Brewer man died when his vehicle struck a moose on Interstate 95 in Howland early Tuesday.

A Skowhegan man is expected to recover after his car hit a moose on Route 15 in Monson last week, police said.

David Richards, 52, the director of the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, was driving north on Route 15 on July 3 when a moose walked in front of his Hyundai sedan, said Guy Dow, an investigator for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office.

The moose landed in the car and was killed, he said.

Richards, who suffered cuts and bruises to his head, was taken to Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Dow said. A nursing supervisor said Tuesday that he was no longer at the hospital.

The vehicle was destroyed, Dow said.

Co-workers say they expected Richards to take some time to recover from his injuries.

“I know he is going to be out of the library for a while,” said John Taylor, a museum assistant at the library. “He has a few broken bones, cuts and bruises; but we do expect him to be OK.”

State police say the animals are on the move and will suddenly dart into the road during the summer months to escape insects.   Because of their dark coloring, moose are virtually invisible at night and drivers should use high beams and be on the lookout for them.