Friday, May 10, 2019

Victim Identified in Fatal Route 309 Crash Friday Afternoon


One person died and another one injured in a crash on Route 309 Friday afternoon.

According to Rush Township Police Chief Kenneth Zipovsky, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at approximately 3:30pm, a motor vehicle collision occurred on Route 309, on the Mile Hill near the village of Ginthers. 

Police say witnesses to the crash saw a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle operated by Larry Wanamaker of Palmerton experience a mechanical failure of his vehicle, which caused it to cross over the median and travel into the northbound lanes.

Wanamaker's vehicle then collided with a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck owned and operated by David Green of Hazleton. Green received injuries as a result of the collision and was transported for medical care at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton Campus.

Wanamaker was unresponsive upon police arrival at the scene with attempts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful. 

He was then transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital by emergency room personnel.

The northbound lanes of Route 309 were closed for a little over two hours during the investigation of the collision. 

The Rush Township Police Department was assisted at the scene by officers from the Ryan Township Police Department and DCNR Rangers stationed at Tuscarora State Park, and members of the Hometown and McAdoo Fire Departments, Tamaqua EMS, and McAdoo EMS.

"The Rush Township Police Department’s wishes to extend our heartfelt condolence to Mr. Wanamaker’s family" said Zipovsky.

Photo Submitted by Rush Township Police

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