According to a report on KMAland’s website, the black Chevy Tahoe that ferries the governor and lieutenant governor around Iowa was damaged recently in a deer-versus-vehicle crash.
At the time of the wreck both Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds were riding in the S.U.V., which was being driven by a state trooper.
Tim Albrecht, the governor’s press secretary, said the accident happened at about 1:40 in the afternoon on southbound Interstate 35.
“Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds were traveling back from an event at Pine Lakes State Park in Eldora,” Albrecht says.
”At mile marker 126.5, just north of Story City, two deer crossed the path of the S.U.V. in which they were traveling. A third deer was struck by the S.U.V. and the vehicle sustained damage, but everybody’s o.k.”
The deer was killed on impact, according to Albrecht, and the trooper was able to drive away from the scene.
“The SUV was still driveable. It did sustain quite a bit of damage on the driver’s side and the driver’s door is actually unable to be opened at this point,” Albrecht says. “The vehicle is fixable and it’ll be in the shop a few days we imagine.”