Deer crashes through window at Tennessee hospital; 3 hurt, deer later hit by car

Deer crashes through window at Tennessee hospital; 3 hurt, deer later hit by car

A deer crashed through a window at a rural Tennessee hospital, injuring three people. The deer later was killed when it ran on to a road and was hit by a vehicle.

POWELL, Tenn. — Three people were injured Monday when a six-point whitetail deer smashed through a window at a Tennessee outpatient center, authorities said. The animal was hit by a car moments later after it scampered out of the building, WVTL reported.

The animal crashed through the window of Tennova Hospital North's Out-Patient Imaging Center just before 10 a.m., the television station reported.

Content Continues Below

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Officer Roy Smith said the deer lingered in the room before exiting through a different window, WBIR reported.

Three patients were evaluated for minor injuries but were later released, hospital spokeswoman Ann Metz told the television station.

"Thanks to quick actions of our staff the area was made safe and animal control was called," Metz said.

The deer ran from the hospital onto a road, where it was hit by a vehicle driven by Mike Smith, WVLT reported.

"White-tailed deer are in the breeding season, which is known as the rut," TWRA spokesman Matt Cameron told the television station. "During this time, both male and female deer become very active causing them to cross into urban areas and sometimes ending up in unusual places. When rutting bucks see their reflection in glass or mirrors, they will often ram what perceive as a potential competitor."