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      Dog killed after UP 200 sled dog team and vehicle collide

      More information has been released in the incident involving a UP 200 sled dog team and a motor vehicle that occurred on early Sunday morning, resulting in the death of one dog.

      One dog was killed and two were seriously injured when a sled dog team collided with a vehicle on M-28 near the Wetmore checkpoint at 5:30 a.m., according to the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association . The musher, Frank Moe, and his team were attempting to cross the highway when the incident happened.

      Two dogs have been taken to a local veterinary clinic where they are in serious, but stable condition under 24-hour care, according to organizers.

      The UPSDA said that they place volunteers at road crossings to assist mushers. They added that Moe, with his 12 freshly-rested dogs, was unable to stop his team from the road crossing. Race volunteers noticed the vehicle coming and attempted to warn Moe, but according to race officials, he was unable to hear their calls. UPSDA officials added that the volunteers also attempted to help stop the team, but were unsuccessful. Michigan law prohibits race volunteers from stopping vehicle traffic.

      This is the first time an incident like this has happened in the race's 24-year history.

      According to organizers, the Ontario, Canada resident that was driving the motor vehicle stopped briefly at the scene, but then left. He later contacted the Michigan State Police, but officials said that this was an accident and no charges will be filed.