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‘Do not swerve’ — Troopers offer tips after tanker driver hits house while avoiding deer

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The Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP) is reminding drivers about how to deal with animals in the roadway after a tanker truck hit a house last week.

On Monday, WSP said in a Facebook post that troopers assisted the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office with a post-crash inspection of a CMV that crashed into a house.

The truck driver reportedly told troopers that he veered off the roadway to avoid a deer.

No one was hurt in the crash.

WSP took the opportunity to offer several tips on how drivers should respond to wildlife in the road.

  • Do not swerve from your lane.
  • Brake firmly and keep the steering wheel straight.
  • If you can’t avoid hitting the animal, release the brake to move the nose of the vehicle up – causing the striking point to be higher.
  • If your vehicle is in a crash but isn’t disabled, move your vehicle off the roadway.
  • If it is disabled, stay in the vehicle with your seat belt on.
  • Call 911 for assistance.

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