THARPTOWN - Two crashes occurred in the same area of Route 61 near Brewery Curve just 2 1/2 hours apart Friday night as the highway turned slippery when melting snow refroze.

The first crash, involving one vehicle, resulted in injuries, police said. They said an SUV traveling south apparently went out of control, skidded across the highway and hit a guard rail almost head-on.

Traffic in the area was restricted to one-lane in each direction for a short time.    

The second crash resulted in an SUV ending up on its side along the highway at about about 10 p.m. No injuries reported in this one.
Coal Township police, emergency personnel and fire police on the scene.