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Mom & kids survive freak accident

BARRINGTON -- A mother and four kids are counting their blessings after an unusual accident. It happened on Interstate 90, near Chicago.
BARRINGTON -- A mother and four kids are counting their blessings after an unusual accident. It happened on Interstate 90, near Chicago. Car-deer crashes are common, but as Marissa Bailey reports, this one even stunned troopers.

Heidi Conner and her four kids made it through an eight-hours road trip with only one stop, until something stopped them.

"I'm driving. Everything was fine. Boom! And I have a deer lying next to me in my car," she says.

A full-sized female deer slammed through the front of Heidi's windshield as she cruised at more than 70 mph on westbound I-90, near Barrington.

"It's as if the animal fell from the sky," she says.

Which is apparently, not too far off. Illinois Police State Trooper Justin Novarro was first on the scene and says a witness told him the deer jumped or fell off the Illinois 72 overpass onto I-90.

"Never in my career have I seen anything like this," he says.

Despite the impact, Conner steered the van through three lanes of traffic to get to safety.

"If it had been one inch to the left, it would have been dead-center. I wouldn't have been able to control the car. And, one inch to the right, it would have killed my son," the mom says becoming emotional.

The kids weren't hurt at all and doctors say Conner only has a sore shoulder and a few bumps and bruises. Not bad when you consider what could have been.

"I believe God was with me the whole time. He protected me. He preserved me for a reason," she says.

The van was totaled. Conner says the family only had liability insurance, so she won't get a dime towards a new one.
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