WILLOW STREET, Pa. – A car struck two mules that had gotten out of their pasture Monday, leading to a three-vehicle crash and the death of a 19-year-old man on his way to go deer hunting.
Cpl. John Michener with Lancaster County's Southern Regional Police Department said the man didn't appear to be speeding and that it "doesn't appear there was anything on his part that caused the accident." He called it a tragic accident.
Police said the man was driving on a highway south of Lancaster when his vehicle struck the mules, crossed into the oncoming lane and then collided with the other vehicles. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported that drivers of both other vehicles required hospital treatment.
One mule was killed by the crash, while the other had to be euthanized. Michener said witnesses reported seeing four mules in all, but the other two were not immediately located.
The name of the deceased man wasn't immediately released. Michener said he was meeting a family member to go hunting on the first day of Pennsylvania's primary deer-hunting season.
The crashes occurred before 6 a.m. on Route 272 near the village of Willow Street, some five miles south of Lancaster.