- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon officials say there have been several deer-involved traffic collisions as deer rut season begins.

According to the Oregon State Police, Idaho resident Eric Meyerhofer hit a deer Thursday on Highway 201 in Malheur County after the animal entered the roadway. The deer broke through the windshield and came to rest dead on the front passenger seat. Meyerhofer received glass-related cuts.

In another incident, two elderly Washington residents were transported to the hospital with injuries after crashing into a tree and going down an embankment to avoid a deer on Highway 86 in Baker County.

Official say more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occur September through November. To avoid incidents, drivers should be attentive after dark, driver slower, and be careful in areas with road-side vegetation.

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