Deer Causes Five Vehicle Crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Posted on October 18, 2010 by Jon Ostroff

Fall is deer mating season in Pennsylvania and that means danger for Pennsylvania drivers.  Deer are more likely to be on the roadways during mating season than at other times of the year and deer can cause significant, even fatal, accidents.

Over the weekend, a deer allegedly caused a five vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The accident involved two cars, a pick up truck and two tractor trailers.  This chain reaction crash started when 61 year old John Niederberger swerved to avoid a deer and hit the guardrail in Mt. Pleasant.  He was seriously injured and flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Shadyside for treatment.  Two members of his family, who were passengers in his car, were also injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.  It is unclear if anyone else was hurt in this crash.

While it may be difficult, if not impossible, to avoid a deer in your path, drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution around deer and to be aware of the increased likelihood of deer related accidents during deer season.