A brutal accident in Illinois involved a car versus a horse.

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Driving Can Be Dangerous In Illinois

If you're a driver in Illinois, you have to be extra careful. The road conditions can change at a moment's notice. Especially, with the variety of weather, we experience throughout the year. There's plenty of city and rural driving in our state too. Each has equal risks. You always have to be on your toes while out on the road.

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Things You Can Crash Into While Driving In Illinois

One of the problems in Illinois is crashing into animals. In particular, while you're driving out in the country. Here are a few you should be aware of.

  • Skunk
  • Deer
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  • Opossum
fierce possum
  • Squirrel
Red squirrel
  • Raccoon
  • Rabbit
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  • Groundhog
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And that's just a few. There are several more that could easily dart in front of your vehicle.

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Unusual Car vs Animal Accident In Illinois

I found an unfortunate accident that involved a car and an animal you don't really ever hear about being hit by a vehicle. It was a horse. Guess who won that battle?

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According to abc7chicago.com, 

A man was airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries after crashing a vehicle into a horse, killing the animal early Thursday near Elgin.

The owner of the horse told police he thought the animal was suffering from a medical issue and had broken out of the stable prior to the crash.

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This collision took place at 12:30 am on Illinois Route 47 and Rohrsen Road. The driver was transported to a hospital and should be fine. Apparently, the horse had escaped and was out running loose.

Danger on the road. Blue flasher on the police car at night.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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