By RODNEY D. BOAM
A local milk hauler, Dan Comeau, got the surprise of his life when a mule deer came hurling up over the cab of his 2009 Peterbuilt truck and crashed through the passenger side of the windshield and landed between the seats on Feb. 24.
The cab of the truck was smattered with blood, hair and deer parts. The dead animal’s head rested facing front just behind the shifting lever.
His wife, Stacey, took pictures of the accident scene. She felt it was too gross to put in the paper.
Brandon Barnes of B.J. Barnes and Sons, of McCammon, said it was the first time they had seen something like that.
The body of the truck appeared to have little damage except for the passenger side of the windshield, which was knocked out, the trim around the window was damaged and there was also a small dent on the hood.
Comeau was uninjured, but taken a back by the oddness of the accident.
He was southbound in the truck when he passed a northbound car, which struck the deer, catapulting it up and over the cab of his vehicle. He was near a wooded area close to the Preston airport about midday, when the accident occurred.
After hitting the deer the car sped off, leaving Comeau with a cab full of deer parts. He stopped and reported the incident to Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, who came to investigate.
The truck will have to be deep cleaned before it can be used again. It will be out of commission for an unknown period of time until the insurance company makes their assessment and figures out how to clean up the mess.
This story is sponsored by Flags West Truck Stop.
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