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Vehicle Strikes Deer on I-5 near Lacey

News agencies reported that a 55-year-old Lacey woman sustained minor injuries after striking a three-point buck on Interstate 5 Tuesday morning.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 9:40am as the 55-year-old woman was traveling southbound on Interstate 5. As her 2001 Hyundai passed the Sleater-Kinney Road exit, the three-point buck bounded across all of the northbound traffic lanes of Interstate 5 and leapt over the jersey barrier in to the path of her vehicle. Unable to avoid a collision, the woman struck the deer. The animal hit her windshield, flipped over the vehicle and went through the back window, finally coming to rest in the trunk of the Hyundai. The woman was able to safely steer her vehicle to the right shoulder of the interstate with the deer still in the trunk.

Troopers responded to the scene a few minutes after the incident and found that the animal had been killed in the accident and remained in the woman’s trunk. Animal control units removed the animal from the car and authorities had the vehicle towed from the scene. The woman was reported to have suffered minor abrasions in the incident, but was otherwise unscathed.

A statement from a WSP official said, “The 55-year-old driver was extremely lucky to walk away with only minor abrasions.”

As an Everett car accident attorney, I’m relieved to learn that this woman was not seriously injured in this potentially deadly situation. I encourage all drivers to practice safe driving habits, including extreme diligence in areas of wildlife crossing, to increase theirs and others chances of staying safe on our roadways. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the fault of another, contact a car accident lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights as they pertain to the matter.