Semi Strikes Jeep Liberty on I-70

by Emily Baird on November 14, 2010 at 10:37 am

The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says a deer is to blame for an accident on Interstate 70.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. near mile marker 148. Trooper Adam McKenzie says a Jeep Liberty was traveling in the right, eastbound lane when the driver, Yang-Jing-Yi Lu of Marietta, struck a deer. He says she proceeded to swerve into the left passing lane where she was struck in the rear by a semi, driven by Richard Olsen of Brookfield, Illinois. The force of the impact pushed the Jeep Liberty in the median where it came to rest.

Trooper McKenzie says deer are a huge problem this time of year.

"There’s quite an abundance of them out here. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for them on the sides of the road. If you see them on the sides of the road, slow down ahead of time and give yourself plenty of stopping distance, " says Trooper McKenzie.

He says it’s important that drivers avoid swerving.

"That’s human instinct. Something jumps in front of you, you want to swerve and get away from it, but you have to fight against that. Try to come to a stop as best you can because unfortunately, we see more injury crashes as a result of swerving to miss a deer rather than striking the deer," says Trooper McKenzie.

Lu was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. The extent of her injuries is not known at this time.

Trooper McKenzie says no one will be cited in the incident.