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February 3, 2012

In brief: Cresson man dies in pickup crash

CRESSON — A Cresson man who authorities believe lost consciousness while driving was killed late Friday afternoon when his pickup crashed on St. Joseph Street, about one mile north of Cresson.

He was identified as Clifford Yahner, 59. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 p.m. by Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski.

The death was ruled an accident. Yahner died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, Kwiatkowski said.

Cresson Township police Chief Christopher Sweet said it is believed that Yahner blacked out as he was heading toward Cresson, and the pickup went off the road and struck a tree.

Yahner was pinned in the truck, and as two passing motorists tried to pull him out, the vehicle caught fire, Sweet said.

Sweet, who knew Yahner, said he was a good man. He was a veteran and belonged to veterans organizations in the area. He had served with the Loretto Volunteer Fire Company, Sweet said.

Also responding to the crash were firefighters from Cresson and Loretto.

Boil-water notice issued in Upper Yoder

A boil-water notice has been issued for a portion of Upper Yoder Township as crews work to repair a leak along Route 271.

Customers in the Menoher Heights area, including those on Fender Lane and Coon Ridge Road in the township, should boil their water until further notice, said Mike Kukura, resident manager of Greater Johnstown Water Authority.

Testing is required after the leak is repaired, so the boil notice may remain in effect for most of the weekend, Kukura said.

$225G grant to fund Flight 93 oral histories

A project to compile oral histories of those connected to the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 will continue for at least the next three years through a $225,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments.

The Pittsburgh-based charity also has helped fund the design and construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville.

The oral history project began in 2005. More than 700 interviews with family, friends and colleagues of the passengers and crew – as well as investigators, first responders and others with a connection to the site – have been collected and archived.

That information is also being used to prepare brochures, exhibits and educational materials for the memorial and its website.

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