Drivers, passengers and garbage truck workers all escaped serious injury Friday in Tamaqua. Around 1 p.m., a Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling garbage truck, nearing the Tamaqua's Five Points intersection and being driven Gregory Peltz of New Ringgold, rear-ended the back of an older white Honda Civic being driven by Hendrick Acherman of Berwick. This impact then forced the Civic, which was waiting at a red light, to be pushed partway underneath the back of a box truck operated by Donald Royer of Milton. The truck was owned by Steve Shannon Tire and Auto Center of Mountain Top, which was also waiting at a red light on SR309, facing south at the Five Points intersection. Tamaqua patrolman Mike Hobbs is the investigating officer. Department of Transportation inspectors with Pennsylvania State Police Association also responded and officially determined the cause to be brake failure. Police and Tamaqua Fire Police handled traffic control.
Two vehicles damaged in Tamaqua crash
Saturday, January 14, 2012