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Dodging deer destroys pickup truck

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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Tuesday, Jan. 25, at approximately 8:10 p.m., a Linden man rolled his truck trying to avoid hitting a deer.

Michael Smith and his teenage son were traveling on county Road 53. They were headed north, just outside of Thomaston, to help his brother and sister-in-law load a disabled vehicle onto a trailer. They needed to.get it off the side of the road.

However, Smith did not make it that far because a deer ran out in front of his truck. Smith swerved to miss it. This caused Smith to lose control of his vehicle and it rolled into the ditch, hitting several large trees in the process.

Smith and his son were walking around when rescuers reached them, but Smith

had injuries to his head and face. The ambulance crew encouraged Smith to seek treatment and with the help of Marengo County Fire and Rescue, they loaded him up and went to Demopolis hospital.

Michael Smith had a bunch of tools in the back of his truck and when he hit, some of his tools went flying through the woods. Volunteer members of the rescue squad searched for over an hour looking for tools.

"A chainsaw was found over 300 feet from the truck," stated Chase Palmer of the Marengo County Fire and Rescue Squad.

"The ironic part about this is that a couple of weeks ago he hit a deer and he was going to get his truck fixed. He loved that truck," said Amber Kelsey. This time however, the truck was totaled.

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Original Publication Date: February 3, 2011

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