• Volunteer firefighter, 22, killed in accident along Route 31 in Westmoreland Co.

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    DONEGAL, Pa. - Emergency crews were called to a fatal accident on Route 31 in Westmoreland County early Wednesday.

    Investigators said the accident happened about 3 a.m. in Donegal Township.

    Police said 22-year-old Ralph Skovira’s car crossed the center line, went off the road, hit a tree and caught fire.

    Skovira, who was a volunteer firefighter, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

    Authorities said Skovira’s friends and fellow firefighters were the first ones on the scene.

    Robert Fry said Skivora became a firefighter when he was 16.

    “He was always smiling. He was a big part of our family,” Fry said.

    Route 31 was closed two miles west of the turnpike for most of Wednesday morning.  

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