In a shocking incident, cyclists in North Carolina were nearly hit by a flying deer after the animal was struck by a car. The incident was caught on camera and shared on social media on Wednesday.

The video went viral as users online expressed sadness for the deer and also urged cyclists to be cautious. Peter Flur and four friends were finishing a 45-mile bike ride from the Brace Family YMCA in Charlotte through Union County when the incident took place, Charlotte Observer reported. Mounted cameras on the front and rear of Flur’s bicycle captured the incident.

The short clip shows the group of riders cruising along a country road when a deer emerges out of nowhere only to be hit a black car driving in the opposite direction. The collision resulted in the animal being flung in the air but narrowly missing the cyclists on the other side of the road. 

“Holy s---, it was a deer. Oh my god,” Flur can be heard saying. As of Sunday night, the video had been viewed more than 300,000 times.

The cyclist later told the Charlotte Observer he could "see this thing flying at us."

“For a few seconds, I didn’t even know what it was. ... It happened so fast, at that very instant, we just didn’t know,” he added. He also said that it was likely that the deer died in the accident but he can't be sure. 

“Really, from my perspective, it was just: These are the crazy things that we see when we’re on our bikes,” Flur said when asked why he decided to make the footage public. “It’s still shocking to me to think that we actually saw that and caught it on video.”

Disclaimer [Graphic Video]: The footage could be disturbing to some people.