Updated: 05/14/2014 5:07 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 5:04 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released some graphic images of a crash involving a deer and SUV.
It happened Wednesday morning on Highway 34 near Detroit Lakes. That's in Northwest Minnesota.
Authorities say the driver of the SUV was the only person inside the vehicle when it hit a deer. The animal came crashing through the windshield and landed in the passenger seat.
The Department of Public Safety says deer-vehicle crashes peak in the fall, but Minnesota’s large deer population make them a safety hazard all year.
How can you avoid starting your morning like this?
• Drive at safe speeds and always buckle up.
• Motorists: don’t swerve to avoid a deer. Swerving can cause motorists to lose control and travel off the road or into oncoming traffic.
• Slow down in areas known to have a large deer population
• Blow your horn to urge deer to leave the road. Stop if the deer stays on the road, don’t try to go around it.