Vehicle swerved to miss raccoon, left roadway, rolling over

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Troopers on the scene tell us, don't swerve to miss an animal in your path

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Just after 7:15 PM Friday night Jasper County 911 began receiving reports of a rollover crash along I-44 westbound near 17 MM. Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mercy EMS, Carthage Fire and Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival it was observed to be a single vehicle on its top to the north side of the westbound lanes of I-44.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers tell us the vehicle however came from Cimarron Road, the outer road, at the top of the hill above. The driver stated they had swerved to miss a raccoon. There was an obvious path down the steep embankment to where it came to rest on its top. No one was injured in the crash. M&M Wrecker removed the Suburu passenger car from the scene.

SHOULD YOU SWERVE OR HIT AN ANIMAL

Troopers tell us it is better to brace yourself and try to slow down and strike the animal in the roadway rather than travel into oncoming traffic, causing a crash, or traveling off the road and perhaps rolling the vehicle like what has happened in this instance.

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