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August 1, 2010

In brief: Ligonier man dies in wreck

— A 21-year-old Ligonier man died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle crash.

Chad Hoover was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m. in the intensive-care unit at Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center, said Jeffrey Lees, Cambria County chief deputy coroner.

Hoover was driving his Chevy truck southbound at 2:23 a.m. on Route 711 in Ligonier Township when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and hit a tree head-on, Lees said.

Hoover was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. His blood-alcohol level was 0.14, above the legal limit of 0.08, Lees said.

Crash kills motorcyclist

BAKERSVILLE – A Mount Pleasant man was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Jefferson Township.

State police said 46-year-old Jeffrey Allen Daniels could not negotiate a left curve on Rocky Ridge Road. The bike went down an embankment and hit two trees.

Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said a passenger – a 16-year-old boy whose name was not released – was transported to Memorial Medical Center by helicopter.

Neither Daniels nor his passenger was wearing a helmet, police said.

Animals perish in barn fire

SEWARD – Fire leveled an East Wheatfield Township barn late Saturday, killing 16 animals and destroying farm equipment.

Six volunteer fire companies responded to the blaze, which was reported just before midnight at Donelson and Stutzman roads.

When the first crews arrived, fire already “was through the roof on the second story,” said Tom Fry, Armagh-East Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Company chief.

The barn was a total loss. No injuries were reported, but Fry said nine beef cattle and seven hogs perished.

Police ID accident victim

MARKLETON – Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal car crash that happened early Saturday on Route 281.

Dana Burnsworth, 45, died from blunt-force trauma to the head, Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said Sunday.

Police have said Burnsworth was driving northbound at 1:10 a.m. in the Kingwood area when she lost control of her car, left the road and struck a parked vehicle. Several other parked vehicles were damaged in the accident.

Police said Burnsworth was speeding.

House blaze ruled arson

SOMERSET – A house fire last week caused an estimated $70,000 in damages and has been ruled arson, state police said Sunday.

Police said an investigation is continuing into the blaze, which happened Thursday afternoon on Glades Pike in Brothersvalley Township.

No other details were released regarding the origin of the fire.

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