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Driver escapes serious injuries after collision with deer

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A Thursday night accident in Wayne County serves as a reminder to drivers in rural areas: always be aware of deer.

According to an online crash report, a driver from Washington, MO, hit a deer on U.S. 67 southbound about a mile south of Greenville.  The driver went to the hospital with minor injuries, but his 2012 Buick LaCrosse suffered extensive damage.

The driver was wearing a seat belt.

According to, a collision with some form of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes.  The average repair cost of car-deer collision is $2,800.

Experts say you can cut your chances of colliding with wildlife by practicing the following precautions:

  • Slow down when passing yellow animal-crossing signs. 
  • Be especially aware during dusk, dawn and night.  Deer are most frequently hit during dusk and dawn, bears and moose at night.
  • To allow for sufficient brake time, reduce your speed to 45 mph at night?or even down to 30 mph when roads are icy.
  • Look for reflecting eyes.
  • Keep in mind that deer, elk, and antelope wander in groups. If you see one crossing, slow to a crawl. More are bound to follow.

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