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Deer leaps from US overpass, lands on minivan containing mother, 4 kids

In this Tuesday, May 27, 2014, photo, Heidi Conner, of West Dundee, Ill., describes how a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass and landed on her minivan as she and her four children traveled along an Illinois interstate on Sunday, May 25. Conner says the accident totaled the van and caused minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Rick West) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT

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In this Tuesday, May 27, 2014, photo, Heidi Conner, of West Dundee, Ill., describes how a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass and landed on her minivan as she and her four children traveled along an Illinois interstate on Sunday, May 25. Conner says the accident totaled the van and caused minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Rick West) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. - A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200-pound (90-kilogram) deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it travelled along a highway.

Heidi Conner tells The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1pxqNzj ) that the doe came to rest in the middle of the family's Chevy on Sunday. She and her four children were travelling about 70 mph (112 kph).

She says the accident was bizarre, adding "nobody can believe this deer fell from the sky."

Illinois State Police say witnesses reported seeing the deer jump from an overpass onto the vehicle below.

Conner says the crash totalled the van and caused minor injuries, but says the way the deer landed on the vehicle was "a miracle in itself."

Police say the animal died.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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