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Deer leaps from Illinois overpass onto minivan


WEST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) -- A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it traveled along an Illinois interstate.

Heidi Conner tells The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that the doe came to rest in the middle of the West Dundee family's Chevy on Sunday. She and her four children were traveling about 70 mph on the Jane Addams Tollway.

Deer Falls From Sky

She says the accident was bizarre, adding "nobody can believe this deer fell from the sky."

Illinois State Police say witnesses reported seeing the deer jump from an overpass onto the vehicle below.

Conner says the crash totaled the van and caused minor injuries, but says the way the deer landed on the vehicle was "a miracle in itself."

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cinismax May 28 2014 at 12:13 PM

How about the deer-also worry about it's survival-poor animals have no place to go since we have bulldozed all their habitat.

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BlahBlahBlah May 28 2014 at 12:46 PM

Another horribly written article. What happened to the deer? And don't tell me to watch the video. Whatever is in the video should be in print also. There are TONS of people who don't watch the videos for varying reasons and who prefer the written word.

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MICHAEL May 28 2014 at 12:44 PM

hope the deer is ok...

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David MICHAEL May 28 2014 at 1:45 PM

He IS, in a way - I'm sure this deer is in "a better place", now that the deer sustained QUITE a blow.

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Brian Hope David May 28 2014 at 6:12 PM

Yeah - someone's BBQ pit.

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npnozie May 28 2014 at 12:31 PM

God help these beautiful creaturs. We human are distroing them. If not us, our dogs. What a SAD story.

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cinismax May 28 2014 at 12:14 PM

Poor animals have to end up on highway-

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celest1036 cinismax May 28 2014 at 5:17 PM

or on the grille

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madsantiqs May 28 2014 at 12:52 PM

Did the deer survive? Why did it jump from a bridge? Isn't that a very strange action for a deer? I'm thinking someone dumped a deer off a bridge.

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sageast May 28 2014 at 1:06 PM

When I had to drive to work in a very rural area, I bought deer whistles to put on my front bumper. Never had a deer run in front of me. Would see them running along side sometimes but never ran in front of the car.

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NoShark May 28 2014 at 2:30 PM

hello? could the writer please finish the story? Is the deer dead?

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sruss01510 NoShark May 28 2014 at 2:32 PM

ya the deer died

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wklingensmith NoShark May 28 2014 at 4:03 PM

No way the deer would have survived that impact but I'm sure the author wouldn't want to upset anyone and tell it the way it is.

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redwolf34 May 28 2014 at 4:07 PM

Maybe she can sue the doe's (that doesn't have anlters by the way) family and get a couple of bucks :)

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pm0501 redwolf34 May 28 2014 at 6:21 PM

You can bet she was doinf 15 MPH over the limit too!

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Paula Broza May 28 2014 at 1:18 PM

200 lbs isn't a very big deer. not to minimize the situation, just sayin'

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