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June 22, 2013

Rally-goers feel the heat

JOHNSTOWN — With Saturday’s temperature one of the highest this season, the heat and humidity were taking a toll on some attending Thunder in the Valley.

During a 20-minute period in mid-afternoon, four or five people collapsed, said a Cambria County 911 dispatch supervisor.

“People are dropping all over the place,” said the supervisor, who did not give his name. “There was a couple near the train station, the Biker Mall and around Suppes Motors.”

An older woman needed medical assistance when she had an allergic reaction from a bee sting.

Glenn Davis, an employee with a security service helping city police, said the worst he saw was someone going into diabetic shock.

City police Sgt. Thomas Owens, who was out on the street helping to maintain order, said the heat was getting to some people.

“Everybody has to remember to hydrate,” he said at the mobile police unit parked on Franklin Street.

A motorcycle crash in Somerset County injured two people who were taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

A dispatcher at the 911 center in Somerset said the crash happened at 4:10 p.m. on Glen Savage Road in the Fairhope area of eastern Somerset County.

 One person was flown from the scene by medical helicopter and a second transported by ambulance, the dispatcher said. No other details were available late Saturday.

Temperatures at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport reached 82 degrees on Saturday, Erik Pindrock, a meteorologist with accuweather.com, said.

The average temperature for this time of the year is 76 degrees, Pindrock said. But because of the cool spring, people are just starting to become accustomed to higher temperatures, he said.

“In June, this is the first 80-plus degree day since June 1,” he said.

Today temperatures are to top out at 84 degrees with humidity higher than Saturday, Pindrock said.

With that in mind, Ron Springer, executive director of the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services, said those attending the final day of Thunder should plan ahead.

“Stay hydrated with water and seek a shady place,” he said. “Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and seek shelter where there is a fan or air conditioning. If you get overheated or have a medical condition.”

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