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Two injured after striking moose on Highway 81 near Manvel, N.D.

Multiple people were injured Tuesday night when this car struck a moose on U.S. Highway 81 near Manvel, N.D. Submitted photo.

MANVEL, N.D. -- Multiple people were injured after the vehicle they were traveling in struck a moose Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 81, the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The crash occurred near the corner of 20th Street Northeast and Highway 81 near Manvel about 10:30 p.m., Grand Forks Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Grove said Wednesday morning.

Two people, Blossom Contreras and Juan Noles, were injured in the crash and were transported to Altru Hospital. Both suffered face and head injuries from broken glass and from the impact of striking the moose.

The moose flew over the top of the vehicle, smashing both the front and rear windows. The moose was killed on impact, Grove said.

Joann Sanchez, Contreras’ mother, said her daughter and son-in-law are “hurting,” but have been released from the hospital. Sanchez said Contreras had surgery on her jaw Wednesday morning, which has been wired shut.

Noles, Contreras’ husband, suffered cuts and bruising to his face and head.

Sanchez said they are grateful that they are both alive.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family at

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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