A tractor-trailer fully loaded with potatoes from northern Maine went off the Interstate highway Tuesday night after the driver swerved to avoid a moose.

Maine State Police

State police say the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-295 in the coastal Maine town of Richmond.  State Troopers and Sagadahoc Sheriffs Deputies responded to the crash.

The driver, 63-year-old Marc Benoit of Hampden, Massachusetts told police that he swerved to avoid a moose that had run onto the highway and he lost control of the rig.

The tractor-trailer went off the median side, traveling several hundred feet before striking a cross-over embankment and ended up in a boggy ravine,  according to a press release from the Public Safety Department.  The impact broke the box portion of the truck in half,  spilling the load of potatoes .

Benoit sustained minor injuries to his legs and was transported to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

Maine State Police

The truck, owned by AJA GO Transportation, was bound for Connecticut with a load of potatoes from northern Maine.