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Car bursts into flames after hitting deer in Bartholomew County

Car bursts into flames after hitting deer
Car bursts into flames after hitting deer
Car bursts into flames after hitting deer
Posted at 1:11 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 13:26:45-05

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. -- A car burst into flames after it hit a deer in Bartholomew County early Wednesday morning. 

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. in the 13000 block of Becks Grove Road. That’s about 20 miles southwest of Columbus.

Incredibly, no one was hurt. The road was shut down as crews put the fire out and moved the car from the scene, but it has since reopened.

In 2016, one out of every 136 Indiana drivers were expected to hit a deer, according to State Farm Insurance.

During and around deer season and deer mating season, between the months of October and December, your chances of hitting a deer more than doubles. 

State Farm offers the following tips to keep drivers safe during these peak months:

  • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs
  • Always buckle up, every trip, every time
  • Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash
  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals
  • Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal
  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead

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