Injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:50 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, along SR61 at Manheim Road, in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County. It was one of two crashes reported by state police at Schuylkill Haven.
Troopers said Shantel N. Schwartz, 31, of Pottsville, was driving a 2001 Saturn LS1 southbound and approaching the intersection while Joseph J. Koch, 42, of New Ringgold, was driving a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta northbound and approaching the intersection.
Troopers said Schwartz attempted to make a left turn onto Manheim Road and pulled into the path of Koch. The front of the Jetta hit the passenger side of the Saturn. After impact the Saturn traveled into the parking lot of a Sheetz service station. The Saturn then struck a guide rail in the lot. Troopers said both drivers had a green light at the intersection. A passenger with Schwartz, William E. Weikel, 40, of Pottsville, sustained a major injury, troopers said, and was taken to a Pottsville area hospital. Schwartz and Koch each sustained minor injuries. Troopers cited Scwartz for careless driving.
A one-vehicle crash was reported about 5:32 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, along Taylorsville Road, in Barry Township. Troopers said Ashley M. Matter, 23, of Pitman, was driving a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire westbound and approaching a right curve when she swerved to avoid striking a deer that had entered the road in front of her. Matter lost control of the car which went onto the berm and struck a tree with the drivers' side. Matter was not injured.