Teen badly injured in violent collision with bull moose in northern Minnesota

The 17-year-old girl survived but suffered numerous injuries.
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A 17-year-old girl was badly injured when the car she was driving collided with a bull moose in northern Minnesota. 

Amaya Nelson, 17, whose permanent address is listed in Georgia, was driving with her boyfriend to see her father at around 11:15 p.m. on July 8 when her sub-compact car struck a "large bull moose," according to a GoFundMe campaign

According to WDIO, the crash happened on Hwy. 11 in Bassett Township, east of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County. 

The fundraiser says the car hit the moose with 127 tons of force, with the 1,400-pound moose rolling onto the Dodge Neon, essentially crushing the car seriously injuring Nelson. 

"Since the moose was so large, the front bumper of the car only hit the animal's legs, meaning the airbags did not deploy. Both Amaya and her boyfriend were wearing their seatbelts, which helped saved their lives," the campaign notes. 

Nelson and her boyfriend, who was a passenger in the car, were rushed to a local hospital. Nelson was then transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth where she continues to receive treatment in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unite for extensive injuries. 

  • Extensive facial trauma
  • multiple skull fractures
  • broken eye socket
  • broken palate
  • broken cheek bones
  • broke nose/nose bridge
  • shattered nasal cavities
  • damaged teeth
  • bruising on her brain stem
  • damaged cerebral membrane
  • internal leak of cerebral spinal fluid

Her boyfriend, identified as Remington, suffered head, neck and arm injuries and is also receiving care at the hospital. 

As of July 13, Nelson remained in critical but stable condition in the ICU. 

As of Monday afternoon, the fundraiser has generated just shy of $2,200. 

According to the Department of Traffic Safety, four people died and 232 were injured in vehicle-deer crashes in Minnesota in 2017. In all, there were 1,312 vehicle-deer crashes for the year. 

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