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Firetruck flips in accident involving deer in Jackson County

JACKSON CO. Ky. (WKYT) – Our crew from WKYT spotted a group of deer along Ky. 587 in Jackson County, not far from where a deer caused an accident involving a fire truck.

“It’s really hard to avoid. Not a whole lot of things you can actually do,” said Trooper Robert Purdy.

Police say the driver was headed to assist Jackson EMS when the deer darted out in front of him and he hit it. The truck overturned several times but the firefighter walked away, unhurt.

“Collisions involving deer can happen anywhere. We see them all throughout the state. On the interstate, side roads, back roads, country roads,” said Purdy.

Police say they worked more 500 deer versus car accidents in Kentucky from October through November of this year. 19 of those involved injuries.

“There have been fatalities in deer crashes. Typically we just see vehicle damage,” said Purdy.

Deer are more active this time of the year.

“Deer are going to be on the move, looking for food. It is their mating season,” said Purdy.

Many collisions are unavoidable.

“Hit the deer rather than hitting someone else. Try to stay on the roadway. Most vehicles can overcome a deer collision,” said Purdy.

And don’t assume a deer standing beside the road won’t cross it. Police say many deer will wait until the last second before darting out in front of you.

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