A woman was attacked by a deer and seriously injured Friday morning at a bus stop in Southeast Washington, according to a spokesman for the D.C. fire department. She was rushed to Howard University Hospital for treatment.

The department spokesman, Tim Wilson, said medical crews responded to Alabama Avenue and Naylor Road about 9 a.m. He said the call was for a report of a woman injured by a deer, although the animal had run off by the time help arrived.

Witnesses told WJLA-TV that the deer was walking up Naylor Road when it apparently was startled by the group at the bus stop and tried to leap over them. One witness told the television station that the deer kicked the woman with its hind legs, knocking her down.

The area is heavily traveled by motorists and pedestrians, and it is near an elementary school, a ball field and several retail shops. It is also a few blocks from Fort Stanton Park.

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