It was a terrifying experience for a Lawton, Oklahoma bus driver when a deer came crashing through the front windshield of her bus.
It’s not unheard of for a bus to collide with a deer but for one to crash through the window is a new one. It was a typical morning for LATS bus driver Alisha Sutton. Just two minutes into her morning route, a deer crashed through the front window of the bus.
“My first reaction was, did that just happen? and I was talking to it trying to calm him down,” said Sutton.
Sutton said she immediately stopped the bus and opened the door to let the deer out.
Sutton and the deer were separated by a plexiglass door and she said she knows it could’ve been worse.
“I was okay until I watched the tape myself and saw how close it was to ending up in my lap with me,” said Sutton.
Sutton was not injured and there weren’t any passengers on the bus at the time.
LATS general manager, Ryan Landers, says he was impressed with Sutton’s reaction.
“I love the way and really appreciate the way our driver reacted and how she dealt with the whole situation, I will be perfectly honest I’m not sure if I would have been able to do that,” Landers said.
He added that he’d never seen anything like this and will use this close call as a training tool in the future.
“Yeah she handled it perfectly and we’re going to use this video for a number of years for training purposes,” he said.