Police: Deer caused crash involving Eastern York team bus

A deer carcass caused a York City woman to swerve into a bus carrying Eastern York football players last weekend, according to police.

Hellam Township Police Chief Doug Pollock said Tuesday, Oct. 31, that Jasmine McCarter, 23, was driving west on Route 30 when she either swerved to avoid a dead deer in the left lane or hit the deer carcass, causing her to drive over the median and crash into a chartered bus on Route 30 eastbound, Saturday, Oct. 28.

McCarter, of South George Street, York City, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened about 1 a.m.

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Crash: Pollock said police had been called about the dead deer before the crash, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation cameras near the scene captured what led up to the fatal crash.

“The movements of her car are because of the dead deer in the roadway," he said.

However, because of the poor image quality of the footage, Pollock said police aren't sure if McCarter went off the road because she hit the deer or was trying to avoid hitting it.

“You can clearly see, from the footage from PennDOT, her car swerving back and forth," he said.

Her car then went over the median and struck the bus, which was in the right lane on Route 30 eastbound.

“Her car did a complete 180 and came back across the median," he said, adding that her car went almost back onto Route 30 westbound.

McCarter was ejected from her SUV. She was not wearing a seat belt. Pollock said officials are still trying to determine when she was ejected from the vehicle.

The company that owns the bus, Krapf, took recording devices from the bus, according to Pollock. The chief said he is hoping to get a better look at what happened with the footage taken from the bus.

The bus was carrying 21 students, three coaches, an athletic trainer and the driver during the crash, according to the Eastern York School District.

Two coaches were taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment but were later released. The driver, whose legs were pinned during the crash, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment, police said at the time.

None of the students were injured. The Eastern York Golden Knights were returning from a game against the Scarlet Dragons at Central High School in Blair County when the crash happened.

Hellam Township Police are hosting an incident debriefing 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the police station at 44 Walnut Springs Road.

The debriefing will have a counselor from WellSpan will be there. The event is open to all civilians and first responders who were at the crash Saturday morning. Additional information may be found here.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser