Road closed after car hits deer on A505 near Royston

PUBLISHED: 11:28 13 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:17 13 October 2016

The A505 was closed this morning near Royston after a car hit a deer. Picture: Katy Christopher

The A505 was closed this morning near Royston after a car hit a deer. Picture: Katy Christopher

Katy Christopher

The A505 near Royston was closed briefly this morning after a car hit a deer.

The A505 was closed between the McDonalds and the Royston roundabouts on the A505 this morning.The A505 was closed between the McDonalds and the Royston roundabouts on the A505 this morning.

Police and two fire crews attended the scene at about 7.10am following reports that the car struck the deer on the stretch of road between the McDonalds and Royston roundabouts and one lane was blocked as a result.

The road was briefly closed off while the road was cleared.

The incident was dealt with by 7.40am and the driver of the car was not injured.

Councillor Terry Douris, responsible for Highways at Herts County Council, said: “In locations which are known migration crossing points we have taken steps to erect deer fences, especially on major new roads, but because the wild deer population is so widespread we can’t protect every road.

“We would urge motorists to be cautious and drive a little slower at this time of the year, especially on rural A roads.”

Some basic safety tips which might help you to avoid collisions with deer include:

Reduce your speed in high risk areas such as wooded areas close to major roads.

Use your headlights on full beam, when safe to do so.

Be aware that more deer may cross after the first one you see.

Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path. Don’t over-swerve to avoid hitting it as you may potentially cause a more serious collision with other vehicles.

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