Tamaqua driver injured; numerous crashes reported
State police at Frackville investigated several crashes on snow-slicked roads Saturday, including one in which a Tamaqua driver was seriously injured.
That crash occurred at 10:15 a.m. along Route 895 in East Brunswick Township, between New Ringgold borough and the village of McKeansburg.
Troopers said Theodore J. Moyer, 69, was driving a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup westbound on the snow-covered road when his vehicle lost traction and ran onto the north berm. The truck was then propelled into a PPL utility pole.
Moyer and his passenger had to be extricated from his vehicle by volunteers from the Citizens Fire Company of New Ringgold and Friendship Fire Company of Orwigsburg.
Moyer and his passenger, Edith Moyer, 67, were taken by New Ringgold ambulance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Troopers said Theodore Moyer’s injuries were serious. Edith Moyer’s injuries were minor.
Other crashes investigated by troopers included:
• A one-vehicle crash was reported at 12:24 p.m. along Route 924 in West Mahanoy Township. A 17-year-old girl from Shenandoah was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Tracker northbound when she lost control of the vehicle. The Tracker traveled onto the east berm where it struck a guide rail. After striking the guide rail, the vehicle rolled over an embankment and came to rest down the embankment.
The teen and her passenger, Irvin A. Garcia, 19, also of Shenandoah, were not injured. She was cited for the crash.
• A one-vehicle crash was reported at 12:45 p.m. along Route 4003 (Darkwater Road), in New Castle Township. Troopers said Charles Evans, 46, of Pottsville, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup and said a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction was partially in his lane. Evans said he attempted to avoid hitting the other vehicle but lost control due to the snow-covered road conditions. The Colorado went onto the right berm and hit a large tree. Evans and his passenger, Charles Evans IV, 24, of Camp Hill, Dauphin County, were not injured. The vehicle was towed.
• A one-vehicle crash occurred at 2:53 p.m. along Route 209 in New Philadelphia borough. Daniel T. Spillane, 31, of Middleport, was driving a 2012 Mazda 5 southbound when he failed to negotiate a left curve. The vehicle went onto the berm and struck a tree with the front corner. Spillane was not injured but the vehicle was towed. Volunteers of the Good American Fire Company of New Philadelphia assisted at the scene.
• A one-vehicle crash was reported at 3:10 p.m. along Summer Mountain Road in East Brunswick Township. Joan Hellyer, 36, of Tamaqua, was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata when she lost control due to snow, she told troopers. The vehicle went onto the right berm and struck a tree. Hellyer was not injured. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
• A one-vehicle crash occurred at 4:35 p.m. along Route 443 near Wildcat Road in Walker Township. Laura Dehart, 19, of New Ringgold, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck eastbound and lost control. The vehicle went onto the right berm and partially overturned, coming to rest on the driver’s side in a large ditch area.
Dehart and her passenger, Angelique Coughlin, 18, of Tamaqua, were not injured. The truck was towed. Troopers were assisted at the scene by volunteers from the New Ringgold ambulance and fire company.
• Troopers also reported investigating a tractor-trailer crash at 7:13 a.m. Sunday along Interstate 80 in Delano Township. Troopers said Fregy Attelus, 32, of Allentown, was driving a 2009 International Harvester rig southbound when a fire started in the rear trailer wheel and brake area. Attelus pulled to the side of the road before the trailer was engulfed in fire. Attelus was not injured. The trailer was towed.
The southbound lanes of the Interstate were closed until 9:30 a.m.
Volunteers from the Delano, Hometown and Good American Fire Company of Mahanoy City assisted at the scene.