A Minnesota sled dog musher's dog was killed and two others were injured Sunday when his 12-dog team collided with a pickup truck at a highway road crossing during a race in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Frank Moe, 47, of Hovland, a former DFL state lawmaker from Bemidji, was not injured in the crash, the newspaper reported. He was competing for the race lead when the collision happened, the News Tribune says. Moe lives with 37 sled dogs near Grand Marais, where he works as a canoe, sea kayak and climbing guide, according to a bio on the race website.
The News Tribune says Pat Torreano, president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association which organizes the race, called the incident “a complete accident.” A volunteer had tried to stop Moe’s dog team before the crossing but Moe couldn't hear over the barking of the dogs, the newspaper reported.
The pickup driver was not injured and was not cited.
The injured dogs were in serious but stable condition and veterinarians expected they might survive, according to the race's website, which has more information about the accident. It was the first time in the race's 24-year history that a sled team collided with a vehicle, according to race officials.
The annual U.P. 200 race goes from Marquette to Grand Marais, Mich., and back. Ryan Anderson, of Ray, Minn., won the race for the fourth consecutive time.