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86 Percent Of New I-69 Section Crashes Involve Deer

November second, when the new I-69 extension opened, through December fourteenth, there have been 28 crashes, 24 of those are deer related.

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The end of rutting season in Southern Indiana is one reason there have been so many crashes involving deer.

The new stretch of I-69 is attracting a lot of traffic, and that‘s adding to the list of car versus deer crashes.

November second, when the new I-69 extension opened, through December fourteenth, there have been 28 crashes, 24 of those are deer related.

Indiana State Police Captain Dave Bursten thought the numbers were interesting, but he says given the fact that it was the end of the rutting season in Southern Indiana, he can see how 86-percent of the crashes would involve deer.

“When you sit and continue to think about it, this is running through Southern Indiana, a very rural area, kind of “heart of deer country” so in reflection it shouldn‘t be a surprise,” Bursten says.

Bursten says drivers need to be careful about deer and all the other hazards that Indiana roads can offer.

He also says if you can‘t slow down in time to avoid a crash with an animal, don‘t leave your lane. Bursten says it is better to hit the animal than to swerve off the road and hit a tree, or veer into oncoming traffic and hit a car.

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