By Associated Press - Monday, January 22, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two people died in a rural Alaska village when their snowmobile struck a moose.

Alaska State Troopers say the weekend crash occurred in Aniak (AN-ee-ak), a village of 500 about 317 miles (510 kilometers) west of Anchorage.

Troopers took a call on the deaths at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators say 28-year-old Charles Lang Jr. and 16-year-old Kayden Morgan were traveling by snowmobile on an Aniak road when a moose stepped out.

The snowmobile struck the animal and the man and the boy were thrown off the machine. They were declared dead at the scene.

The moose was found dead nearby.

Troopers say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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