A wild ride
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rush Township Police Officer Corey Herring inspects the car as it sits about 100 feet down the embankment.
Two 16-year-old males escaped serious injury Thursday evening after their car crashed through a guiderail and then down a large embankment.
Emergency personnel were called to Hometown Hill, SR309, between Hometown and Tamaqua, across from Seitz Brothers Exterminating, around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a car over a cliff.
When they arrived they found a piece of guiderail at the SR309 and Ye Old Hauto Road, and then spotted the car.
The driver and his passenger, both juveniles, were able to walk up the embankment.
Firefighters and police pointed out that both juveniles were lucky, as their car missed the trees and kept from rolling on its roof.
They also pointed out that the juveniles were wearing their seatbelts.
Tow crew personnel from Hope's Towing said they used about 100 foot of tow line to retreive the car, a dark blue 2003 Volkswagon Passat.
Family members said the young men only had the vehicle a short while. Both juveniles were placed on stretchers and transported via ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital Coaldale Campus.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation. Responding were Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Hometown Fire Company and fire police, Tamaqua Ambulance and others. Rush Township Fire Police detoured traffic around the scene for the duration.
The conditions of the juveniles were unknown as of press time.