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Rabbit blamed for Schuylkill crash

Published January 31. 2012 05:01PM

A rabbit was blamed for a one vehicle crash that occurred about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, in Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said a 17-year-old male from Pottsville, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS southbound on Ann St. in Norwegian Township when he said he swerved to avoid a rabbit on the road. He lost control of the car which began to slide in a clockwise motion. The car went onto the west berm and traveled through a grassy area until coming to rest after striking a brush row of several small trees.

A passenger, a 17-year-old male from Pottsville, was injured and taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The driver and two other teen passengers, both 16, a male and female, and Tara L. Ritter, 18, all of Pottsville, were not injured. Damages were disabling to the vehicle.

Troopers also reported investigating a crash about 12:35 p.m. on Monday along SR61 in North Manheim Township. Troopers said David J. Peletsky, 47, of Auburn, was driving northbound in a 2005 Ford E350 van when he slowed to make a right turn. His vehicle was struck in the rear by a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Jacob D. Staller, 58, of Pottsville.

No one was injured. Troopers cited Staller for following too closely.

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