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Three hurt in two-car crash in Canton


CANTON — The jaws of life were used to rescue two Heuvelton men from a two-car crash that sent three people to Canton-Potsdam Hospital in serious condition Thursday night.

Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad responded to the accident at the intersection of county routes 27 and 29 in the town of Canton at approximately 9:03 p.m. The names and ages of the three individuals involved in the crash were not immediately available. A passing motorist who stopped at the scene, Rodney G. Roberts, 37, Rensselaer Falls, said the two men in one car identified themselves as Heuvelton residents; one appeared to be about 40, and the other in his 20s. The other car was driven by a Canton woman.

Mr. Roberts said he was traveling south on Route 27 and said he saw the headlights of a car swivel into the opposite lane on Route 29 before the collision. Canton First Assistant Chief Erik Johnson said it appeared that the car carrying the two Heuvelton men was hit broadside by the other vehicle.

Mr. Roberts pulled over before emergency responders arrived. “I know CPR due to my having a scuba license, and I got into the car with the two guys to perform CPR,” he said. “The passenger had serious lacerations to his face and head, and the driver had his legs trapped and broken. He also had lacerations all on his head and face. There was a lot of blood.”

The jaws of life were used because the driver was trapped.

As heavy rain began to fall, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and state police surrounded the occupants of the cars, who were laying in the road, and worked to get them onto stretchers. They were taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

The cause of the accident was still investigation. Mr. Roberts said he believed that slick roads at the turn of Route 29 where it intersects with Route 27 was a factor.

“I drive these roads a lot, so I see a lot of these kinds of accidents,” Mr. Roberts said. “It’s a wonder there was no fire due to the nature of this crash.”

Also assisting were Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department, Rensselaer Falls Rescue Squad and Potsdam Rescue Squad.

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