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There was a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon on McIntyre Road at Challenger Drive in Young Township. State police report that a 50 year old male driver crossed over the opposite bound lane and struck a tree, ejecting both the driver and passenger. The motorcycle was part of a large group of riders who were taking part in a memorial ride. Police say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The motorcyclist and his passenger were both injured in the accident. The driver suffered minor injuries but his passenger, a 38 year old woman, was flown to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville with major injuries. Police did not release the names of either person involved in the crash.
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State Police are reporting a burglary that happened in Derry Township, Westmoreland County. They say the thief got away with several guns, a laptop computer and a tablet computer. It happened early Thursday at a home along Pizza Barn Road, which is just outside of Blairsville. The victim is a 67 year old man with a Blairsville address. Indiana Borough police report a stolen vehicle that occurred between midnight and 7am yesterday. It happened outside of a home in the 200th block of South 13th Street. The stolen car is a silver colored 1999 Honda Accord with a Pennsylvania license plate number JYR-7037.
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14 years ago today, a small town in Somerset County was the focus of the entire nation as nine miners were trapped underground. In 2002, nine miners working at the Quecreek Mine in Lincoln Township were trapped when crews accidentally breached an abandoned and poorly documented portion of the Saxman Coal and Harrison #2 mine around 9pm. An estimated 50 gallons of water flooded the Quecreek mine. Eighteen miners were underground and half of them were able to get out. But, because water flooded in so fast, nine miners in one of the panels were unable to get out. Rescue efforts started immediately with an air hole being drilled into the ground around 2AM. Water pumps were also set up to get water out of the mine with concerns of drowning and air quality looming above ground. The nine miners had prepared for the worst, writing notes to their loved ones and even tying themselves together to die as a group. But when the water levels started to descend, they went into survival mode by conserving resources and staying together to keep warm. Rescue efforts were postponed for 18 hours on July 26th when a drill broke. Drilling resumed the ...
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The Indiana Borough Bicentennial celebration continues today with a special worship service starting at 2PM. It will be held in Graystone Presbyterian Church, a church that has a very special distinction as JD Varner, one of the organizers of the service explains. Bishop Allan Campbell of the First Baptist Church in Glen Campbell, who is the longest serving pastor in Indiana, will be conducting the service. Varner along with Bishop Campbell, said many other faiths will be represented in the service. Members of the Indiana Sweet Adeline's and the Knights of Columbus, along with music groups from several different churches will provide musical entertainment throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public.
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As part of the United School Curve project, Route 56 will be closed this weekend, and that closure is now in effect. Going on now until 6 AM on Monday, Route 56 is closed at the Shelbark Road intersection.  This is in anticipation of new traffic patterns that will go into effect when the road re-opens.  For now, motorists will use Routes 22 and 119 as their detour around the closed portion of highway, but there are also other local roads that can help people get around, including Route 259 going through Heshbon and Brush Valley.   When the new traffic pattern goes into effect Monday morning, drivers will use a portion of the newly-aligned Route 56 from the west end of the project to in front of United High School.  From there, it will transfer to the existing Route 56.  After that, there will be a temporary road being used, which will narrow to ten-foot wide lanes in each direction, and the speed limit will be reduced in that area to 35 miles an hour.  
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