Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Deer Encounter

I was looking through some pictures, and wanted to share this with you.  My younger brother, Dave, is a farmer in Illinois, and he raises corn and soybeans.  His soybean crop is raised for seed, and Dave has a semi with which to haul these seed beans to an elevator several miles from the farm.

As he was driving on a two-lane highway, a car passed him on the left and struck a deer. The deer flew up into the passenger side window of Dave's semi, sitting with him in the passenger seat.  



Dave said it sounded like a major explosion and he had some glass shards from the flying glass.  He managed to stop the truck to survey the damage and take some pictures.  Police arrived to assess the situation.  He asked if he could continue on to the elevator where he was taking the beans, and the officer couldn't see why that would be a problem.  They removed the deer, and Dave drove on the remaining 15 or so miles.  

Can you imagine the reaction of folks at the elevator when he pulled up with blood running down the side of his truck and the windshield broken on one side?  We are just happy that the animal wasn't thrown just a bit to the left.  It might have been much more disastrous.

Many people around the area have had a deer encounter, as they are very plentiful.  But none of the animals in Texas are as big as this guy in Illinois!  At the time, I think this picture traveled all over the world through Facebook and other spots on the web.

Have a great Monday, and watch out for those animals.

Linda Kay

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, how terribly scary! and very lucky on his part!

Lin Floyd said...

deer are a problem around here, especially after dark...

biebkriebels said...

That is quite a story and the photo is scary. Your brother was lucky not to be harmed. We have those deers on the dark roads too and sometimes very nasty accidents happen.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm so glad your younger brother was not hurt!

Saucy Kodz said...

That is one scary photo and am glad he was not harmed. WE have had to have Deer Fencing placed along our highways with tunnels or pathways for Deer and Moose. It has helped tremendously as Deer are bad enough to encounter but a full grown Moose weighing in at approx 1700 to 1900 pounds is just downright scary. People are not hunting much anymore and the population of both have exploded over the years. We had one so close one night prior to the fences, that my Mum looked right in his eyes as we brushed by. He had not yet entered the road. Yep, night time is dangerous.

Bethany Carson said...

Ooh, that's terrible...glad to hear your brother is ok. Ha...that is interesting imagining the reaction of the elevator guys; if your community is anything like ours I bet it was the talk of the guys at the local machine shop/(Wherever the folks in your area gather) over coffee and peanuts for a long time.

Linda Kay said...

For all who have responded, Dave was very lucky...we can't figure out how he managed to control the vehicle with the load that was on it. He said it sounded like an explosion!

Linda Kay said...

This event was in broad daylight! And we do now have high fences in some areas. In Montana we saw the fencing that goes over overpasses, so the animals have somewhere to cross. Thanks for stopping.

Linda Kay said...

You are right...the small communities gather to gossip...especially the guys. Because Dave's boys are pretty techy, this one went viral!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Wow. amazing that it could be like that. The deer come high up also. Thank you for this story.

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

What a horrible experience! Glad your brother was not injured. I have a friend who was driving along when the vehicle in front of him lost a wheel (don't people usually put those on tight?!) and it came through the windshield at him. He put his arm in front of his face and came out of the thing with just a broken arm. A smaller boned person with no muscle would not have fared so well.

DeniseinVA said...

That is one scary shot. So glad Dave wasn't hurt. We have heard of many deer encounters around here, a couple with fatal consequences.

Janie Junebug said...

I used to live in the country in Illinois. People there are accustomed to hitting deer. Sadly.

Love,
Janie

Banana Oil said...

A scary episode for your brother!

Anvilcloud said...

It's hard to fathom how it was thrown up so high. Thankfully, your brother was able to keep control.

Amy at love made my home said...

That must have been very frightening indeed. I hope that your brother has everything sorted out now and that he is OK. xx

Jim said...

Beautiful

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