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Driver rescued from car after two-vehicle crash at Potsdam intersection


POTSDAM — First responders rescued an Ogdensburg woman from her crushed vehicle after a two-car crash Monday afternoon at Route 310 and County Route 34 in Potsdam.

State police said Lorraine L. King, 63, of 16 Canada Circle, was heading east on County Route 34, with her passenger, Jason M. Gilmour, 38, of the same address, at approximately 3:30 when she allegedly pulled out in front of a Jeep 4x4 headed south on Route 310 driven by Shirley A Corbine, 76, of 84 Cowan Road, Canton.

The Jeep struck the driver’s side of Ms. King’s Honda Fit, pushing the small car into the northbound shoulder of Route 310. The Jeep ended up in a field off of the westbound lane of County Route 34.

Ms. King had to be freed from her vehicle by a hydraulic metal-cutting tool used by the West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department.

All three occupants of the vehicles were taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Ms. King was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way, returnable to Potsdam Town Court.

Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad and Madrid Volunteer Rescue Squad also assisted at the scene.

Patricia A. Sharlow, of 1500 Route 310, said she saw the accident from the window of her home on the corner of the intersection.

“Ms. King just pulled out in front of the van,” Mrs. Sharlow said. “I watched the van do a half spin in the intersection and head into the field.”

Drivers on County Route 34 have a stop sign on each side of Route 310. Traffic on Route 310 does not have to stop.

Crashes like this are not out of the ordinary at that intersection, Mrs. Sharlow said.

“I’ve been here for almost three years and it’s scary; people really need to get their thinking caps on when it comes to these corners,” Mrs. Sharlow said.

“I had no idea what I was going to find in (Ms. King’s) little white car when I ran out to it,” Mrs. Sharlow added. “I’m just glad that everyone is all right. Something has to be done at these four corners.”

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