Driver Justin Kubecki was heading eastbound on Route 30 when a deer leapt from a hillside and into the truck’s path and crashed through the truck’s windshield.
The deer landed in the cab and thrashed about, causing Kubecki to lose control of his truck, cross the eastbound lanes into the westbound lanes of Route 30 and flip onto its side.
According to the Post Gazette, the 29-year-old driver was disoriented but was not seriously injured. Kubecki was taken to the hospital via helicopter as a precaution.
Fortunately, no one else was involved in the accident.
“I’ve had crashes where deer go through windshields and people don’t survive,” Trooper Limani told the Post Gazette. “This had the potential for him to hit other vehicles.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), deer and auto collisions are responsible for approximately 150 fatalities and about $1.1 billion in property damage every year in the U.S. Deer are most active in the early morning hours and at dusk.