Slippery road conditions resulting from an all-day rain Monday, may have contributed to two single-vehicle accidents on area roads late that night.
A 30-year-old Shamokin man suffered minor injuries in a crash on Route 901, near Excelsior, shortly after 9:30 p.m. and a 19-year-old Ralpho Township man was uninjured in an accident on Overlook Boulevard shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Coal Township police said the driver of a 1997 Toyota Camry in the first accident was Nathan Becker, of Shamokin. According to Officer Terry Ketchem, of the Coal Township Police Department, Becker was traveling toward Shamokin on Route 901 at 9:38 p.m. when his car went off the right side of the wet highway, struck an embankment and overturned on its roof.
Becker and his passenger, Heather Corter, 29, of Philipsburg, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by AREA Service personnel. Ketchem said Becker will be cited for driving under suspension. The highway was closed to traffic for about an hour until the vehicle was towed from the scene by Anthracite Towing. Also assisting were Coal Township firefighters.
In the second crash, which occurred a short time later, Calvin Deitrick, 19, of Elysburg, lost control of his car while traveling east on Overlook Boulevard between Route 61 and Mountain Road. The 2001 Chevy Cavalier slid off the right side of the highway onto a rain-soaked soft shoulder and came to a rest over a slight embankment. The car was towed by Tire Ranch. Firefighters from Overlook Fire Co. No. 1 responded along with Ralpho Township Patrolman Glen Wonsock, who investigated.