A driver was killed in a Wasilla collision with a moose according to Alaska State Troopers, who are still working to notify next of kin.

Troopers responded to a report of the collision, near Pittman Road and Greensward Drive, at about 4 a.m. Friday according to an online dispatch. First responders found that the vehicle’s driver and sole occupant “did not have any signs of life.”

“Investigation revealed a 2004 Nissan sedan was driving westbound on Pittman Road near Greensward Drive when a moose entered into the roadway and was struck,” troopers wrote. “The collision with the moose caused major damage to the vehicle. The driver sustained heavy trauma and was pronounced dead on scene.”

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the moose involved in the crash “was found dead in the ditch.”

“The car was destroyed, essentially,” Peters said. “No seat belt was worn in this incident.”

Troopers have tentatively identified the driver, Peters said, but the state medical examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy to make a positive identification.

The wreck is the first fatal crash involving wildlife reported to troopers, Peters said, since a Sept. 26 collision near Mile 189 of the Parks Highway. That crash left 25-year-old driver Bryan Sprenz of Tennessee dead and his passenger injured, after their Jeep Cherokee hit a moose and they were ejected.

Nighttime on Mat-Su roads can pose a particularly high risk for collisions with moose, according to Peters.

“There’re stretches of road that are unlit and they’ll just jump out,” she said.

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