Two men were injured in a grinding, head-on collision Tuesday afternoon at the entrance to HT Commons Plaza, Hometown.
Rush Township police said David M. Wagner, of Lansford, was traveling northbound on Claremont Avenue (SR309) when a southbound pickup driven by John P. Mears Jr., of McAdoo, cut in front of the Wagner's 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. Police said the Mears' vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, had been stopped in the turning lane on Claremont Avenue. Mears attempted to turn on Tide Road, resulting in the collision.
Mears, who was determined to be at fault, was transported to Hazleton General Hospital by the Tamaqua Community Ambulance for unknown injuries while Wagner, who complained of a bump on the head and a few other injuries, refused medical treatment at the scene. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.
Airbags were deployed in both vehicles. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and were towed from the scene.
The 2:45 p.m. crash was investigated by Sgt. Duane Frederick.
Other responders included Hometown and Quakake fire companies, and Hometown fire police. Volunteers assisted with traffic control and helped to clean fluids and debris at the scene, located at the busy intersection near the entrance to the Walmart Supercenter.