Two people are dead and eight others injured following a moose-related collision on Highway 11 near Saint-Louis-de-Kent on Thursday night, say RCMP.

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Debris from three vehicles could be seen at the side of Highway 11 on Friday morning after a fatal crash Thursday night. (Michele Brideau/Radio-Canada)

Police were called to the fatal crash shortly after 8:30 p.m.

The preliminary investigation indicates a van was driving northbound on the highway when it collided with a moose, Sgt. Marco Papillon stated in a news release.

It appears the driver of the van tried to avoid the animal and crossed the centre line, colliding head on with a truck carrying three adults and three children, he said.

The 60-year-old man, who was driving the van, and a 62-year-old woman, who was his passenger, both died at the scene.

Both victims are from Miramichi.

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A crew from the Department of Natural Resources removed the moose from the side of Highway 11 Friday morning. (Michele Brideau/Radio-Canada)

A third vehicle drove off the road to avoid the crash, said Papillon.

The other eight people involved in the crash were from Bouctouche and Pigeon Hill and were all taken to hospital.

An RCMP reconstructionist was at the scene of the crash overnight and traffic was rerouted for approximately eight hours.

The names of the deceased are not being released pending notification of their families.

A team from the Department of Natural Resources removed the moose from the scene of the crash Friday morning and said it was approximately four years of age and weighed approximately 325 kilograms.