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This photo of the Oct. 24 vehicle fire was captured by Dayna O'Neal.

Man’s vehicle catches fire Sunday after striking deer

BUCKHANNON – No one was injured in vehicle fire Sunday that erupted after a man traveling on U.S. Route 33 West struck a deer. However, the deer involved died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Buckhannon Fire Chief J.B. Kimble said the department responded to a vehicle fire involving a Subaru Outback on Route 33 in front of Clayton Homes at 10:11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

“A gentleman hit a deer, and there was significant damage to the front of the vehicle,” Kimble said. “He got out of the vehicle to survey the damage and look for the deer, and he turned around and his car was on fire.”

Kimble said the damage from the collision most likely ruptured a fuel line, which resulted in the vehicle fire.

“The deer was deceased, but the man did not sustain any injuries,” Kimble said. “He was going to Elkins and the sheriff’s department assisted him with getting to Randolph County.”

The vehicle was deemed a total loss, Kimble said.

Video by Dayna O’Neal.

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