Branstad, Reynolds OK after deer accident

Iowa State Patrol vehicle hit a deer on Interstate 35; damage to the SUV estimated at $8,000

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Officials say Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds are OK after their SUV hit a deer on Interstate 35 in central Iowa.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says Branstad, Reynolds and longtime aide Margaret Hough (huff) were returning to Des Moines from an event in Eldora Wednesday afternoon when the accident happened north of Story City.

Albrecht says two deer ran in front of the Iowa State Patrol vehicle, and the driver, Sgt. Dan O'Connell, hit the brakes. A third deer then hit the driver's side corner.

Albrecht says the SUV, a Chevy Tahoe, was damaged, and the driver's door can't be open.

Albrecht says everyone was "startled," but they're OK. He says the deer died.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright estimates damage to the SUV at $8,000.

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