Rare situation in Harvey County: Large elk hit, killed in Labor-Day crash on I-135

Harvey County Sheriff's Office

The Harvey County sheriff's Office discusses a rare situation involving on Labor Day injury crash on Interstate 35 near Newton. A little before 4 a.m. Sept. 2, deputies responded to a wreck involving a car and a "large deer."

"When we got on scene, we immediately recognized the "large deer" was an elk." the sheriff's office says.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the elk was a man from Colorado, on his way to Texas. Newton Fire and EMS treated the man at the scene for cuts on his hands. He declined transport to the hospital.

In the crash, the elk smashed the hood and windshield of the four-door Sedan.The vehicle's roof also took heavy damage.

The sheriff's office says the early-morning Labor Day crash is the second it's responded to involving vehicle and an elk. The last one was about 12 years ago between Newton and Hesston on Hesston Road.