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Car rolls off 100-foot embankment

Car rolls off 100-foot embankment

An Orleans County woman spent more than an hour trapped in her overturned car after it crashed and rolled down a 100-foot embankment last night.

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office said Sandra Flanagan of Kent was driving down Oak Orchard Road when she missed a turn, cross the center line and went off the far side of the road. Her Ford Taurus jumped a guardrail, then rolled down a steep, wooded embankment to the edge of the Oak Orchard River. The car came to rest upside down against a tree and well off the road.

Undersheriff Steven Smith said Flanagan was trapped in the wreckage for about an hour and 15 minutes before Carlton and Albion firefighters got there and extricated her from the wreck. She was brought up the embankment by a rope rescue team and flown to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight helicopter.

Smith said speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash, and charges are pending against Flanagan once she recovers.


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