SUV crashes into utility pole knocks out power to NW edge of Jasper County; Driver says swerved to miss deer

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Deer season begins this weekend. Kevin Badgley of Missouri Dept of Conservation with info, should you swerve to miss deer?

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — About 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night a single vehicle crash into a utility pole on Fountain Road, just west of Peace Church, knocking out power to the NW edge of Jasper County. 

Carl Junction Fire, METS ambulance and Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of 3600 West Fountain Road, and Liberty Utilities were notified. 

CLICK TO SEE RAW FOOTAGE FROM THE CRASH SCENE.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Tpr. B.D. Vaught tells us on scene the driver said he swerved to miss deer. The driver was not injured.

It’s unknown how long customers could be without power in this area. At least one pole will have to be replaced. As of our last update at 1 a.m. power remained out in the same area. Power was restored sometime overnight.

SCREENSHOT POWER OUTAGE AT TIME OF INCIDENT.

WHY ARE DEER ON THE MOVE?

This weekend is firearms season opening here in Missouri. We have been in archery season, so this is the big one, firearms season. A lot of hunters will be out and the deer will be moving with the cold fronts coming,” states Kevin Badgley of Missouri Dept of Conservation Friday morning on KSN-16.

Deer are on the move right now. Not only is it because of ‘the rut’, mating season, but also the change in time and the hours people are traveling. They are very active in the mornings, 5 to 8, same time in the evenings. As they are moving to and from feeding areas. 

In the 4-state area we have a lot of habitat changes. So you go from a field to a little wooded area right into a town or a busy street. So be aware, slow down. Typically if you see one, there are going to be multiple deer. 

If you happen to have a deer jump into the middle of the road, everybody wants to swerve. The best thing to do is hit your brakes, slow down, stay the steady course and don’t go off the road. We do not want to the accident to be worse with rollovers. Stay right where you are.

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