Watch: Deer Crashes Through City Bus Window

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The bus driver remained remarkably calm throughout the ordeal

An Oklahoma city bus driver and a deer both escaped unharmed after the deer jumped through the bus' windshield. 

According to Fox 29, the bus driver, Alisha Sutton, had only been on the job for 10 months when the incident occurred.  

In video footage of the crash, you can see the deer stand up and exit the bus when Sutton opens the door. 

"I was like, I guess I gotta slow this bus down," Sutton said in a news release. "I slowed it down and brought it to a stop right there in the road. And I wanted to get her off the bus. I was afraid it was going to try to run to the back of the bus and get hurt, try to escape that way."

She immediately called dispatch after letting the deer off of the bus.

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"Ma’am, a deer just jumped through my window," Sutton told the dispatcher. "It was on the passenger side. It got stuck on the bus. I opened the door and it jumped out."

Ryan Landers, general manager of the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS), praised Sutton for her actions. 

"I was very happy to see how our driver handled the situation," Landers said. "She was very cool, calm, and collected. She did not panic. She did all the right things that you’re supposed to do on the safety side of things and, ironically, on the customer service side of things."

Although she'd only been driving the bus for 10 months, Sutton said she had been driving professionally for 20 years.

"I was a truck driver, school bus driver, safety coordinator, driver trainer," she continued. "I’ve had a lot of training and safety things going on in my life. The main thing was slowing the bus down, keeping it steady, don’t break or swerve, just slow down and bring the bus to a stop as safely as you can."

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