A mother and four children recently traveling near Chicago, Ill., are lucky to be alive after a whitetail deer plummeted from another highway overpass and smashed through their minivan window.
Heidi Conner told a Chicago CBS affiliate that she and her children were in the home-stretch of an eight-hour road trip, driving west on I90 at 70 mph, when something made them stop.
“I’m driving, everything was fine. Boom, and I have a deer lying next to me in my car,” she said.
In spite of the impact, Conner was still able to steer the van to the shoulder of the road, and amazingly, when it was all said and done, she and her children only sustained a few scratches, bumps and bruises.
“If it had been one inch to the left, it would have been dead center. I wouldn’t have been able to control the car. And one inch to the right, it would have killed my son,” she said.