Two Venus Individuals Involved in Van vs Deer Crash on Route 36 Long Headline

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say a one vehicle accident occurred on Colonel Drake Highway (State Route 36), 180 feet south of Township Road 974, in Bell Township, Clearfield County.

According to police, around 9:10 p.m. on July 10, 79-year-old Joseph A. Kitchen, of Irvona, was traveling south on SR 36, just south of the Indiana County and Jefferson County lines.

Police say Kitchen encountered a deer that crossed the road in front of him which he was unable to avoid.

His 2007 Ford E-350 van struck the deer with the front/grill of the vehicle which caused disabling damage to the radiator and transmission cooler, according to police.

Kitchen was able to bring the van to a controlled stop along the roadway in the area of Harkelroad Road.

Kitchen and his 11 passengers in the van were all using seat belts and were uninjured.

The following passengers were in the vehicle:

45-year-old John S. Kurtz, of Ebensburg
54-year-old Viola E. Miller, of Venus
50-year-old Clara E. Byler, of Nicktown
37-year-old Fannie M. Kurtz, of Ebensburg
21-year-old Barbie D. Zoder, of Ebensburg
19-year-old Katie R. Byler, of Ebensburg
56-year-old Adam J. Miller, of Venus
50-year-old Dan J. Byler, of Nicktown
19-year-old Jonas J. Yoder, of Ebensburg
Barbie D. Kurtz, of Ebensburg
a 16-year-old male, of Nicktown

Mahaffey Fire Department provided traffic control at the scene of the accident.

The van was towed by Smitty’s Towing of Mahaffey.


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