Belfast Telegraph

Stag struck by car is shot dead by vet

A stag has been shot dead by a vet after a car hit it on one of Northern Ireland's busiest roads.

Police said the accident happened just before lunchtime on the A1 near Banbridge, Co Down - which officers described as a stretch of road that has "proved fatal".

The animal was put down to avoid the risk of further accidents, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

"A timely reminder to watch out for wild animals on the roads," the PSNI in Banbridge said. " Thankfully, no people were hurt on this occasion, but a foot or so either side here and this could have ended up going through a windscreen."

The incident happened between the turn-off for the Rathfriland Road and the Outlet shopping centre.

The A1 was closed in both directions for a time following the crash.

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