Edmonson Voice Staff, story and photos
It's pretty common to hear of vehicle accidents involving deer in southern Kentucky, especially this time of year, but they normally don't involve four vehicles and shut a main highway down for an hour, however that was exactly the case tonight.
Emergency personnel were called out to Veterans Memorial Highway (KY 259/101) just south of the Brownsville city limits Monday evening around 6:30pm to help clear the scene of what honestly was a disgusting mess.
According to eyewitness reports, Mike Sanders of Glasgow was traveling north in a Nissan Frontier on KY 259 when a small buck jumped in his path. Sanders said he had nowhere to go, struck the deer, and he pulled over immediately as his air bags deployed. He said he called the police right away. "I heard people say that the car behind me hit it, too, but I didn't even know that," he said.
A witness at the scene said the deer rolled over the top of Sanders' pick up into the path of a Chevy Cavalier behind him, which hit the deer for the second time. The driver of the Cavalier couldn't be reached for comment, and that vehicle wasn't in the police report.
The deer was then apparently hit for the third time by Mrs. Paula Winchell of Glasgow. "I saw that guy hit it (Sanders) and it flew over the top of his truck. It hit that other car (the Cavalier) but I think they just barely grazed it, then it landed in the road, and that's when I hit it," she said.
Other drivers at the scene said it all happened very fast and that no one really knew exactly what was going on at the time.
The fourth vehicle was a Lincoln Town Car traveling north that ended up on the opposite side of the road over the embankment when the driver, Steven McGrew of Roundhill swerved to try to avoid the deer and the other vehicles. There were multiple reports of other vehicles either hitting parts of the deer and/or swerving to avoid the mess immediately after the incident. Unbelievably, there were no injuries or major damage reported, except for the deer.
Chalybeate Fire Department helped with traffic control as they detoured drivers around while the highway was closed. They also used their truck to clean the huge mess that was strewn about for hundreds of feet. The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office was in charge of the report.