In doing so, it has also become one of the greatest, most appropriate reaction GIFs in recent memory. (Only "one of," because this.) Please note that the collision reportedly happened near Yeehaw Junction, which... yeah.
Vehicles pose a serious threat to owls and other birds that like to fly low over roads while hunting, especially in urban areas. Survival after a collision like this is rare, but there are exceptions — like last December, when a barred owl survived a similar encounter with a truck in Vermont.