Semi Swerves for Deer, Hits Parked Car in Oakland Township

| October 10, 2019

OAKLAND TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Police say a semi-truck hit a parked car in Oakland Township after the driver swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway.

According to police, around 11:58 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, Eric J. Jenkins, 45, of East McKeesport, was operating a 2001 Freightliner, traveling on State Route 417 in Oakland Township.

Police say Jenkins swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and struck a 2007 GM Sierra that was legally parked on the right side of the road. Following the initial impact, Jenkins’ vehicle came to a final rest on the right side of the roadway.

According to police, the parked vehicle was pushed forward as a result of the crash and traveled approximately 300 feet, striking a utility pole on the right side of the roadway, and then striking a garbage dumpster before coming to a final rest on the right side of the roadway in a field.

Jenkins was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Oakland Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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