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Photos show deer dangling through windshield after crash

The sheriff's office says it wasn't the driver's fault.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office posted photos of the deer that went through a windshield of a car, showing it dangling above the passenger's seat with its hind legs sticking out of the windshield.

Luckily no human was hurt, but the sheriff's office said it's a good reminder to always be paying attention.

"We obviously can’t control what an animal does, but remember to keep your eyes on the road and stay attentive to other drivers, kids, etc.," the sheriff's office wrote.

We've got the photo below – it's not gory, but you might find it a little difficult to look at if you're sensitive to dead animal images.

The incident happened on Highway 52, where the speed limit is 65 mph, the sheriff's office said in a comment, adding it was not the driver's fault.

How often cars hit deer

Vehicle vs. deer collisions happen quite a bit in Minnesota. In 2015 – the most recent year available – there were 2,141 deer-vehicle collisions, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Those crashes led to six deaths, 345 injuries, and 1,846 crashes that only caused property damage.

Insurance company State Farm says Minnesota is a "high risk" state for getting into a crash with a deer, noting on average one in 80 drivers in the state will have an insurance claim for damage caused by hitting a deer. The chance of hitting a deer doubles in October, November and December – when deers are mating.

State Farm has some other tips to avoid hitting a deer:

  • Pay attention and slow down, especially at dusk and dawn.
  • If you see one deer, there may be others trying to cross the road.
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving – doing so could make the crash more severe.

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