Traffic between Tamaqua and Hometown on the Hometown Hill, SR-309, was backed up for miles in both directions early Sunday morning as emergency workers cleared two accidents that occurred just after 6 a.m. while PennDOT de-iced the roadway.
Following the accidents, Tamaqua Police closed the hill for two hours, stating the hill was unsafe for travel due to a thin layer of ice that formed on the roadway. PennDOT laid salt to de-ice the roadway.
The first accident occurred when the driver of a white Dodge Spirit, traveling northbound on SR-309, overshot a turn at the bottom of the hill, hit a sign and embankment, rolled-over and slid on the pavement upside-down for a short distance. The impact and rollover also forced the vehicle's battery to be ejected, leaving the overturned vehicle lay unlit in the morning darkness in the middle of the roadway.
A short while later, the driver of a black Saturn, also traveling northbound, drove into the back of the flipped Dodge as it laid in the middle of the roadway. Responding were firefighters, police, and paramedics from Hometown and Tamaqua.
Sunday morning's freezing rain and ice resulted in a number of traffic mishaps. The names and conditions of the drivers were unknown as of press time. Tamaqua and Hometown Fire Police stopped traffic in both directions while the scene was cleared and the roads de-iced.