State police at Schuylkill Haven reported investigating a two vehicle crash about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, along SR209 in East Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County. Troopers also reported on a school bus crash. In both crashes, deer entering the roadway was blamed for causing the accidents.
Troopers said Adam J. Kasten, 20, of Middleport, was southbound driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier while Louis A. Fernando, 73, also of Middleport, was northbound operating a 2008 Dodge Caliber. A deer entered the road from the northbound shoulder and crossed into the southbound lane in front of Kasten.
Kasten swerved to avoid the animal and in doing so lost control of his vehicle. The car traveled into the northbound lane and in front of Fernando and then began to spin in a clockwise direction. The left rear fender/wheel well of the Cavalier struck the left front fender/wheel of the Caliber in the northbound lane.
After impact the Cavalier continued to spin clockwise and traveled south for about 21-feet before coming to rest facing north partially blocking both lanes. After impact the Caliber traveled about 90-feet north and came to rest facing north partially blocking the northbound lane.
Fernando and his wife, Barbara E. Fernando, 73, each sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville. Kasten and his passenger, Annmarie Weisbach, 17, of Tamaqua, were not injured.
The school bus crash was reported at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 along Second Mountain Road, in North Manheim Township. Troopers said Michelle R. Kanger, 40, of Pottsville, was driving a 2011 Thomas Built school bus eastbound and swerved to avoid a deer in the road. The bus left the road on the south berm and struck a tree. After impact with the tree the bus traveled in a southeast direction and struck another tree. After that impact the bus continued in a southeast direction and came to rest along the south berm.
Kanger was not injured. There were no students on the bus, troopers noted.
The road was closed for about 30 to 60 minutes.