Oklahoma man hits buck head-on during morning commute

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YUKON, Okla. – A metro man said he’s lucky to be alive after colliding with a deer during his morning commute.

“I was going 65 miles an hour, and you’ve got just a split second,” said Brantly Sober.

Sober said he was heading to work early Tuesday morning when several buck came out of the fog and ran across the road.

“It was a thud, you know? You could feel the impact,” he said.

Sober, who drives a pickup, hit a buck head-on.

Sober wasn’t injured, and he said the deer wasn’t killed. But, the collision tore off the front end of his truck.

Experts said it comes down to the colder temperatures and the birds and the bees.

“It’s breeding season. The does are in season, and the bucks are out chasing them looking for girlfriends,” said Capt. Wade Farrar with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

He, along with Sober, is urging drivers to be vigilant during the colder months when deer are more active.

But, what should you do if you’re in a collision course with a deer?

“If I can’t get stopped in time to hit them, I just hit them,” Farrar said. “If you can’t avoid the collision by stopping, if you start to swerve, especially if you’re braking and turning at the same time, you’re a lot more likely to lose control.”

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