Driver of small car slams into herd of reindeer killing 19 and injuring many others

Reindeer (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

The driver of a small car in Norway, was surprised to have killed a large number of reindeer after slamming into a herd while driving on a dark road late at night.

Finnmark police said that the incident unfolded on Tuesday around 11:00 p.m., on the E6 highway.

According to the police investigation, a total of 19 reindeer were killed as a result of the impact or had to be euthanized.

The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified, notified the owner of the herd, and he quickly came to the scene to asses the situation.

The driver of the vehicle told the owner that he had hit a herd of reindeer, but was not able to say how many of the animals were injured or killed.

The owner and police officers who responded at the scene, discovered that 19 reindeer had died or were in such bad shape that they had to be euthanized as a result of the collision.

The number of deaths may rise further, since it is possible that some of the reindeer that suffered serious injuries fled the scene.

Police cannot understand how a small car was able to kill so many reindeer. The driver was not injured, but the car has suffered major damage.