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2 flown following head-on collision on Hometown Hill

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rescuers work to free a male driver following a head-on crash that occurred just before midnight Saturday night at the intersection of Taggertsville Road an SR309 at the bottom of Hometown Hill.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rescuers work to free a male driver following a head-on crash that occurred just before midnight Saturday night at the intersection of Taggertsville Road an SR309 at the bottom of Hometown Hill.
Published June 18. 2012 05:03PM

Two men were lifeflighted following a head-on crash that ocurred at the bottom of the Hometown Hill late Saturday night.

Just before midnight, Tamaqua police, firefighters, rescuers and ambulance personnel were called to SR309, at the intesection of Taggersville Road/Tuscarora Park Road in Tamaqua for reports of a head-on collision with entrapment.

Firefighters used rescue equipment to extract one of the men out of the vehicle. Both men were then transported via Lehighton and Tamaqua Ambulance to the Hometown Farmers Market, where they were lifefighted to hospital.

Tamaqua Police reported that Philip M. Ryan, 23, of Tamaqua, was driving his Nissan Altima north on SR309 at a high rate of speed, when he crossed the yellow line and drove head-on into a Volkswagon Jetta, driven by Gary Boettger, 28, of Tamaqua, who was traveling south on SR309.

Also injured was Brad Petrutsch of Mahanoy City who was a passenger in Ryan's vehicle.

Witnesses say Ryan was traveling fast in the turning lane coming north on SR309 to turn onto Taggertsville Road.

Boettger was flown to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, while Ryan was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Cedar Crest. Petrutsch was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital - Coaldale Campus.

All lanes of SR309 was closed for an hour during the rescue and cleanup. Responding were Tamaqua firefighters, Tamaqua Rescue Squad and Tamaqua Fire Police. Hometown Fire Company and fire police also responded to help with setting up a landing zone and traffic control. Accident is still under investigation by officer Peter Wysochansky. Charges are pending.

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