2 hurt in off-road accidents Crash at Coal Hill more serious
Two people were seriously injured in off-road vehicle accidents about three hours apart Saturday in Zerbe and Coal townships.
A 33-year-old Lancaster County man was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after an all-terrain vehicle accident on Coal Hill.
Trooper Thomas Leib of state police at Stonington identified the victim as Roberto Rodriguez, of Mountville.
Leib said Rodriguez was doing a horseshoe or "rainbow" on a hill climb at 4:37 p.m. when his 1998 Honda 250 EX hit a ditch, causing him to fall head first onto the ground.
Rodriguez suffered a head injury and cuts and bruises on his face. He was treated at the scene by personnel from Trevorton Ambulance before being driven down
the mountain to the Trevorton ballfield along Route 225 to await the arrival of Life Flight helicopter that landed at about 5:30 p.m.
Rodriguez was responsive while being treated in the ambulance and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. His condition couldn't be confirmed by a nursing supervisor at Geisinger.
Leib said Rodriguez may be cited for trespassing since the property where the accident occurred is owned by Reading Anthracite.
Also assisting at the scene were members of Trevorton Fire Company and AREA Services personnel.
At about 7:30 p.m., Coal Township police were summoned to investigate a four-wheeler accident at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) in which a female from Hummels Wharf was injured and transported by AREA Services Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center.
The victim's boyfriend, who reportedly was riding on the same vehicle, suffered minor injuries, but refused medical treatment at the scene.
Their identities couldn't be obtained by press time.
AOAA officials and police said the couple face trespassing charges since they were riding on the grounds illegally, having entered the motorized recreation park along a PPL pole line.
The accident occurred approximately a half-mile from the AOAA administration office.
The four-wheeler was towed from the scene by Anthracite Towing.