Thanksgiving Day snow made roads hazardous in the area
Ron Gower/Times News Over two inches of snow fell in some areas of the region Thursday. Left photo shows snow-covered Route 902 hill between Lansford and Summit Hill. In right photo, a woman was injured after losing control on snow-covered state Route 54 just east of the Fairview street intersection early Thursday afternoon.
The fresh snowfall that blanketed the region Thanksgiving morning presented some postcard-like scenes, but for many, it was a travel nightmare.
Police and rescue crews responded to numerous accident calls as the wet snow caught motorists by surprise and made driving hazardous, especially in higher elevations.
A woman was injured in Rush Township in an accident just before 1 p.m. The woman was traveling along state Route 54 just east of the Fairview street intersection and apparently lost control on a snow covered roadway, entered the north berm and struck a utility pole. She was transported by the Ryan Township ambulance to the Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.
The Hometown Fire Company and Tamaqua Rescue Squad responded to the scene and traffic was rerouted as the area was cleared.
Mahoning Township police responded to seperate accidents just 50 feet apart on a dangerous stretch of Gilberts Hill Road during the height of the snowfall. Both vehicles skidded off the snowcovered roadway and down an embankment. Both drivers were unhurt but their vehicles had to be towed.