Driver crashes into herd of elk while on freeway

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PHOENIX - When you look at what is left of Mark Mackelvain's car, it is incredible to think he walked away with barely a scratch. The seven elk he hit were not as lucky.


UNCUT: Driver involved in elk crash talks to 3TV - An UNCUT interview with the driver of a car that smashed right into a herd of elk on the freeway.

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Ton, Mark's wife asks, "How can someone walk away from this? I don't understand."

It is a question that has come up often since Macalvain's accident. A crash which can only be described one way as Mark sums it up, "I'm just a walking miracle, I think."

An explanation that seems plausible, considering the pictures of what is left after Macalvain drove straight into seven elks through Payson on Monday morning.

Mark explains, "I was just putting it into cruise at 65 and just out of nowhere an elk was on my windshield, and all I remember is a big boom."

Trapped behind a wall of shattered and inflated airbags, Macalvein was able to slither his was out of the car through the passenger door. The remains of the elk were difficult to look at but Mark was unharmed aside from a few scratches and burns from the airbag.

Toni says, "Without some help from above I'd probably be planning a funeral right now."

Department of Public Safety representatives say a seven-elk pile-up is one of the most shocking accidents they have seen but it is by far the only to include wildlife.

On the same day of Mackelvain's collisions, there were four other auto accidents involving elk or deer along Highway 260.

Toni says, "You can fix a car, but you can't fix these beautiful animals, or my man."

Arizona Department of Game and Fish now says they are working with transportation officials to come up with strategies on how to minimize wildlife car accidents.