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May 14, 2013

In brief: Accident closes highway for a time

SOUTH FORK — A section of Route 219 in central Cambria County was closed to truck traffic for more than three hours Tuesday after a wreck involving a coal truck and two cars, police said.

The truck was traveling in the southbound lane of the four-lane highway about

7:30 a.m. when it flipped near the South Fork Exit, spilling its load and causing the vehicles to crash.

One unidentified person was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The highway was open to car traffic during the cleanup, and trucks were permitted back on the road around 10:30 a.m.

Worker injured on wind turbine

MEYERSDALE – A man working on a wind turbine was injured Tuesday when he was crushed by a “very large gear,” a Somerset County 911 official said.

The incident happened around 5:14 p.m.

Meyersdale First Assistant fire Chief Cory Albright said a work crew was replacing the motor on one of the turbines 250 feet from the ground when the motor somehow shifted, pinning the man.

Workers were able to free the injured man before firefighters arrived, he said.

“They loaded him into the crane bucket and brought him down,” Albright said.

The injured man, whose name was not available, was flown by state police helicopter to Cumberland Memorial Hospital in Maryland.

Meyersdale EMS also was at the scene.

Mom jailed for letting son carry roulette gun

BEDFORD – A Bedford County woman was sentenced to three weeks to a year in jail for allowing her 15-year-old son to carry a handgun with which a friend fatally shot a third boy during a game of Russian roulette.

Susan Bonner, 41, of Everett, was sentenced Monday in Bedford County court, where she had pleaded guilty in March to reckless endangerment.

Bonner’s son took the gun to a friend’s West Providence Township home, where it was used in a game of Russian roulette that resulted in the death of 15-year-old Neal Hammond during a July sleepover.

Charges against the shooter, 15-year-old Cole McConoughey, were resolved in juvenile court.

District Attorney William Higgins said Bonner was remorseful throughout the case.

Bonner was the only adult charged in the case after her son told police that she let him carry the revolver.

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