2 airlifted after rollover accident in Hometown
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A car lies upside down in a ditch after it struck a Hometown building and overturned late Friday night.
Just before midnight on Friday, Rush Township police came across a vehicle overturned on it's roof in a ditch on Claremont Avenue (SR309) in Hometown.
Reportedly, Melanie D. Delowery, 23, of Mahanoy City, was operating a green 1998 Ford sedan north on SR309 when she swerved to the right and struck a building (Kupres Twins Photography) and landed upside down in a ditch facing southbound.
The passenger, Megan Hill, 22, of Tamaqua, managed to crawl out with help from rescuers, while hydraulic rescue equipment was used to extricate Delowery from the overturned car.
Both were airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, with unknown injuries.
Police reported that Delowery was found unconscious after apparently huffing air duster while driving. Police also said Hill admitted to swallowing a bag of crack cocaine after the accident. Both admitted to drinking alcohol.
Delowery had a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe on her possession. Charges are pending.
No one inside the building was injured.
Also, responding were Kline Police, Hometown Fire Company and fire police, Tamaqua Rescue and others. Sgt. Duane Frederick is the investigating officer.