MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A teenager is recovering after a crash with a bull moose earlier this month in northern Minnesota left her with multiple skull fractures.

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The crash happened July 7 near Bassett Township, about an hour north of Duluth. Seventeen-year-old Amaya Nelson and her boyfriend, Remington Dellinger, were driving to see her dad when they collided with a half-ton bull moose.

“First horror, then panic,” Dellinger said, describing the immediate aftermath of the crash. “Just kind of realizing I can’t afford to panic right now. We just got to move and go and call 911.”

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Since the car, a Dodge Neon, hit the moose’s legs, the airbags didn’t deploy.

Nelson suffered multiple fractures to her skull, which required facial reconstruction surgery. It could be a year before she’s fully recovered.

Her boyfriend walked away with small head, neck, and arm injuries.

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Nelson ‘s family has created a GoFundMe page to help with her medical expenses.