Utah Man Survives Car Crash With Moose

Utah Man Survives Car Crash With Moose

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A man in Utah had a brush with death after driving near a reservoir and crashing head on with a moose.

"All kinds of lacerations to the face, a lot of stitches there. Broken nose, broken. Three fingers the bones were broken and one in three spots," Gamble said.

It happened Saturday night on Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir.

He says he was driving back to the Salt Lake Valley from Fruitland.

"All of a sudden, in the middle of the road is this gigantic moose, and I could hardly even react," Gamble said.

Gamble says he tried to hit the brakes, but slammed into the moose.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, his Saturn sedan was going about 65 miles per hour.

"The front windshield was entirely caved in, along with the roof," Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Dale Talbot said.

"This was just huge. It was like hitting a brick wall," Gamble recalled.

After the crash, Gamble says he tried to get out of the car, but got his foot stuck under a tire.

"So I had one foot inside on the brake, one foot trapped under the wheel and then people coming up behind me and I'm waving, saying help! Help!"

Gamble says he was saved by people passing by who stopped to help him.

One woman he says helped keep him warm as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

"I want to thank everyone who stopped to help, especially her. She really helped to calm me down, she got me into a warm vehicle," Gamble said.

After he was rescued, Gamble was flown by medical helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

Trooper Talbot, who responded to the crash, says it is amazing gamble wasn't killed.

"I was pretty impressed how well the guy was doing considering how hard the moose hit," Talbot said.

This isn't Gamble's first brush with death.

Back in 1993, he says he was shot in the head during a convenience store robbery in Salt Lake City.

"I'm kind of a lightning rod," Gamble said.

The Utah Highway Patrol says crashes involving deer and elk are more common, but a moose aren't frequent.

Gamble says he's traveled that road before, looking out for deer.

He's glad to have survived a moose.

"There must be some reason, I'm not being called home yet. There must be some reason I'm still here, so many times it's been. Anyway, so it makes me thankful," Gamble said.

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