Driver hits STS bus, car and loses brakes down Hometown hill
Four people escaped serious injury following a three vehicle accident that occurred on the Hometown Hill (SR309), just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions while police and volunteer firefighters, rescue squad members, paramedics, and fire police from Hometown, Tamaqua and Quakake responded. A male driver of a tan 2008 Ford Explorer, from St Clair, wound up driving head-on into northbound traffic after overshooting a turn while driving southbound at the top of the hill. He then impacted the rear driver's side of a Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) bus, driven by Theodore Gurecki, of Pottsville, while it was traveling north. There were no passengers in the bus at the time. Immediately after impacting the bus the driver of the Ford continued head-on into the path of a red Pontiac Grand Am located just behind the bus and being driven north by Michael Romig of Tamaqua. Tara Nelson, of Tamaqua, was a passenger. The driver of the Ford, who lost his brakes and a tire during the impact, eventually came to rest halfway down the hill in the parking lot of Seitz Brothers Exterminating located on the southbound side. All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Rush Township police stated the cause of the incident might be the result of a medical issue from the driver of the Ford. Volunteers with the Hometown and Tamaqua fire police controlled traffic during the response. Romig, Nelson and the unknown male driver of the Ford were all taken to the hospital. No serious injuries were reported.