The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 19, 2013

Woman flips car in Carlton

Medina Journal-Register — An Orleans County woman was hospitalized late Saturday night following a one-car crash in the Town of Carlton.

According to information provided by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m., in the 1400 block of Oak Orchard River Road. Sandra M. Flanagan, the sole occupant of the vehicle, of Kent, was operating a 2004 Ford Taurus westbound on Oak Orchard River Road, when she failed to negotiate a curve.

The vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the south side of the roadway. The vehicle jumped a guard rail and rolled approximately 100 feet down a steep and heavily wooded embankment that leads to Oak Orchard River. The vehicle came to rest upside down against a tree.

Flanagan was trapped in the wreckage for approximately an hour and 15 minutes before being extricated by Carlton and Albion firefighters. Once removed from the vehicle, she was brought back up the embankment by Rope Rescue Teams from the Clarendon and Holley fire departments. Flanagan was then flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by MercyFlight helicopter. A crew from Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

While the incident remains under investigation, it appears that both alcohol and unsafe speed were contributing factors. Charge(s) against Flanagan are pending her recovery, police said.

According to patient information at Strong Memorial Hospital, Flanagan was discharged by early Sunday afternoon.

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