MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A car collided with a moose late Sunday night in northern Minnesota, sending two people to the hospital.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 11:15 p.m. on Highway 11 near Bassett Township, about 60 miles north of Duluth.

A Dodge Neon driven by a 17-year-old from Georgia slammed into a moose in the middle of the highway, officials say.

Emergency crews brought the teenage driver and her 22-year-old passenger, who is from Two Harbors, to a hospital. Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the DNR, there are about 3,000 moose in Minnesota, down significantly from over 8,000 in 2006.

On average, the 10-foot-long megafauna weigh about 1,000 pounds.

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