Two males were life flighted this morning to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, after their sedan overshot a turn, struck a sign and rolled down an embankment located on the No. 9 hill between Coaldale and Lansford.
The incident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m., closed SR209 for about two hours while emergency personnel and police responded.
Firefighters on scene said the first male crawled out, while the other one had to be extricated.
While driving east on SR209 just before going up the No. 9 hill, the driver of the car overshot the turn and drove into a wooden No. 9 Mine and Museum sign and then partway up the embankment adjacent to the westbound lane. The vehicle then rolled over several times down the embankment, where it came to rest at the bottom of the hill.
Marks on numerous trees indicate that the vehicle was airborne before rolling down the embankment.
Responding were firefighters and police from Coaldale and Lansford. Also responding were Lehighton, Lansford and Tamaqua Ambulance. Coaldale and Lansford fire police closed and detoured SR209 traffic through Coaldale and Lansford, while police investigated.
Even though the crash ended in Lansford, Coaldale is investigating, as the crash started in Coaldale. The names and conditions of the two injured males were unknown as of press time today.