Kentucky is apparently where the deer and antelope not only play, but also do somersaults off vehicles and manage to walk away unfettered.
A dashcam video of a police cruiser shows a collision that catapulted a large buck through the air in a full 360-degree turn. The buck was deemed unharmed when he galloped into the woods immediately after the incident.
The officer was also unharmed. The cruiser didn’t fare as well, according to Kenton County Police Department officials. It sustained heavy damage.
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Police authorities hope the video can become a “training video” demonstrating ways to deal with animal collisions. There are lessons to be learned, according to a department statement on the matter.
“Although (the officer) didn’t manage to avoid the collision, he did maintain control of his vehicle throughout the entire incident, even when the large (but apparently agile and acrobatically trained) deer was performing a Triple Axel over the hood of his cruiser,” the department wrote.
There are around 1.5 million car collisions with deer every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Administration officials state the numbers are likely higher because the Safety Administration depends on states to report them, and there is no set standard for reporting deer accidents nationwide.
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Collisions between vehicles and deer result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, approximately 150 deaths of drivers and passengers, and more than 10,000 personal injuries a year, according to statistics.
The last major insurance claims study, done in 2004-2005, puts Pennsylvania at the top of the list of states encountering the most deer collisions. The highest number of accidents occur between October and December, when deer are migrating and mating.
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