WATCH: Anoka County Squad Struck by Flying Deer

December 07, 2017 01:54 PM

An Anoka County Sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries when his squad was struck by an already-airborne deer an oncoming vehicle had hit a moment earlier.

And despite the duel impact, Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer reports the deer got up, ran off and wasn't located.


The deputy suffered glass shards to the face and eyes, Sommer said, but will be okay. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was uninjured. 

The sheriff's office posted video of the Wednesday night incident to its Facebook page Thursday, using the opportunity to remind drivers to be on the lookout for deer as they become more active at night. 

The dash camera video shows the squad traveling on a two-lane road as a vehicle approaches from the opposite direction under a night sky. The deer can be seen emerging from the opposite ditch and being launched airborne by the oncoming vehicle. 

As the deer strikes the windshield of the squad, tufts of its hair can be seen raining down in the aftermath.  

The sheriff's post says that even if most deer collisions are unavoidable, drivers should remain cautions, especially when traveling in open areas with nearby woods.



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