Governments' Lighter Side

Johnstown, Pa., bus takes on a new passenger – a white-tailed deer


The public transportation system in Johnstown, Pa. gained a new passenger - a local white-tailed deer.

The deer crashed through the windshield of a public bus Tuesday evening in Johnstown, about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh. The deer hopped around the bus frantically, jumping on empty seats and running in circles in the aisle for about 20 seconds, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

“Just out of the blue, something out of the corner of my eye, I saw something come through the window and a deer was there,” John Porter, the driver of the bus told WPXI Pittsburgh. “It was kicking around pretty good.”

Authorities say the driver stopped the bus, opened the door and the deer got off. Cambria County Transportation spokesman Josh Yoder told the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, "It just walked off the bus."

The bus was carrying one passenger, who was seated in the back.

There have been no reports regarding the whereabouts of the deer. No injuries have been reported, human or cervidae.  


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Derek Prall

Derek Prall is a professional journalist who has held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including The Public Manager magazine and the New Jersey Herald. He is a 2008...
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