Chelsea Gaudin / Eyewitness News

COVINGTON, La. - A couple, attempting to avoid a deer on Highway 190 in Covington, flipped their car several times and escaped the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames, according to the Covington Police Department.

Police and fire rescue units arrived around 3 a.m. Sunday morning to the fiery Toyota Camry lying on the passenger side in a ditch.

They assumed the occupants were still in the car and 'approached the vehicle with rescue in mind' when they saw two people sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck that had stopped to help, police said.

The couple was Brent Collins, 25, and Natalie White, 26, who said they had escaped the vehicle after the driver had lost control of it to dodge a deer.

After reconstructing the scene, officers discovered the vehicle had begun flipping on its side until it broke a telephone pole in half and was thrown into a ditch.It started tumbling again, snapping off several trees before finally coming to a rest.

The driver was uninjured and the passenger suffered a possible broken collarbone. They both refused medical aid at the scene.

Drugs or alcohol were not involved and the car was totaled, according to police.

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