Darting Deer Create Several Morning Accidents

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Emergency crews are cleaning up several accidents within the past two hours that involved drivers hitting deer.

The series of accidents started at about 5:20 a.m. at 159th St. E. & Kellogg. Four others quickly followed at the following locations:

125th St. N. & I-135
7th St. N. & I-135
K-96 & 21st N.
K-254 & 143rd St. E.

The crashes follow at least three other accidents in Sedgwick County overnight. None of the drivers in any of these accidents were hurt.

"It's not actually that often that it hits us all at once in completely different locations," said a Sedgwick County 911 dispatcher. "It's something ironic I guess."

The dispatcher said to remind drivers to call 911 if they are involved in an accident with a deer and to alert emergency crews if the deer is still in the road.

He advised drivers to not place themselves in danger by trying to clear the deer themselves.

Fatalities from vehicle crashes with deer and other animals have more than doubled over the last 15 years.

A study by a highway safety group says 499 people died in such crashes from 1993 through 2007. Fifty-six of those deaths were in Kansas, eight of them last year. Earlier this month a Johnson County woman was killed when the van she was riding in swerved to miss a deer and crashed into a tree.

The worst time of the year for deer crashes is now -- breeding season.

The report by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that 223 people died in animal-vehicle crashes last year, more than twice the 101 that occurred in 1993.

The auto insurance-funded highway safety group cites urban sprawl overlapping into deer habitat for the sharp increase.

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