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Truck driver blames deer for Orange County crash

Posted August 7, 2008

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— The driver of a tanker truck that rolled over on Interstate 85 Wednesday morning has been charged with careless and reckless driving, authorities said.

Brannon Collier, 31, told troopers he swerved when a deer ran in front of his truck as he approached the I-85/I-40 split in Orange County.

Collier, who is a driver for Quality Carriers, suffered minor injuries, troopers said.

The crash closed several lanes while crews cleaned up a latex paint material that spilled from the truck.

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  • auklet8718 Aug 8, 2008

    Luckily, no paint on the car. :)

  • Common Sense Man Aug 7, 2008

    "IF there was in fact a deer i hope that poor little bambi survived to learned his lesson to stay out of the road."

    Lol! Bambi was on the way to Carrboro.

  • donnied1952 Aug 7, 2008

    I did not see it happen, but I did see the aftermath. What I wanted to know was the whole story and I don't think we have it yet. There was a SUV Saturn on the left side of the road that had ALL of it windows broken out and a woman was in the front seat. Looked like it had rollled over. What was that all about? Part of the same deer accident? Also, why did it take until after 7pm to get an accident cleaned up that had happened at 7am in the morning?

  • clover1019 Aug 7, 2008

    damage vs a life? i cant believe you heartless people. IF there was in fact a deer i hope that poor little bambi survived to learned his lesson to stay out of the road.

    Auklet did you get any paint on your windshield? LOL

  • auklet8718 Aug 7, 2008

    There was no deer that I saw. I was behind that truck at the I85 split and saw it happen. He ran onto the shoulder and then truck tipped over as he swerved back to the left.

  • Timbo Aug 7, 2008

    once had an insurance agent tell me to "prepare in advance to hit a deer". He explained that if you run the senario through your mind whenever you are driving, you should envision braking hard and not swerving. Sacrifice the deer not your life.

    Hitting the dear won't necessarily save your life, particularly if you hit it and it decides to come through your windshield.

  • Hip-Shot Aug 7, 2008

    An observation is that in the last 2 weeks I have seen almost as many deer on the side of the roadways as you see during the hunting season and rut. It is believeable that he swerved to avoid a deer: have done it many times in the past and have hit 3. I guess the LEO felt like he had to issue the driver a ticket for something.

  • ABM Aug 7, 2008

    I don't belive this, I have seen a truck driver go out of his/her way to hit a deer once.. I think this guy was sleep,

    If I drove a truck like that I would not try to miss a deer.. Truck v/s deer, and the winner is.....

    I think if he cares so much about deer on the highway, he should not be driving that big A truck, he could have kiiled someone, or him self..

  • gordonbabe Aug 7, 2008

    This is almost too funny for words... I can understand swerving to miss a deer in your POV, but in an 18-wheeler? Let's see? Deer vs. BIG truck? not much of a contest there. I'm sure it would have done damage, but look at the damage now and the probable loss of a job. Guess it was a knee-jerk reaction and could've happened to any of us. It's just bad all around.

  • MadBiker Aug 7, 2008

    I once had an insurance agent tell me to "prepare in advance to hit a deer". He explained that if you run the senario through your mind whenever you are driving, you should envision braking hard and not swerving. Sacrifice the deer not your life.

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