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Two survive fiery head-on crash

Clarendon, N.Y. - Just before 8 a.m., Orleans County authorities received word from an off-duty deputy that a serious crash had occurred in the town of Clarendon.

Deputies say Randi Lee Johnson of Albion was on her way home from work when she crossed the center line on East Lee Road, and crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of East Lee Road and South Manning Road. The other vehicle was a sedan driven by Sherell Lindsey of Medina.

The passenger side of the vehicle was crushed, pinning her inside.

I was a nervous wreck, said Mark Burdick, who lives at the corner of the two streets. It was terrible.

Johnsons SUV caught fire moments after she escaped.

She was real nervous because there was glass all over, said Francis Gaylord, Deputy Coordinator for Orleans County.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to free Lindsey.

45 minutes is quite a long time, but for the damage that was done to the vehicle, thats the amount of time it took, said Jon D. Young, Deputy Fire Chief with the Clarendon Fire Department.

Johnson was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by ambulance while Lindsey was taken via helicopter to Strong.

Both women are listed in satisfactory condition, according to the hospital.

Deputies are unsure what led Johnson to veer into the opposite lane, but said that sun glare was not part of the problem.

Evan White, 13WHAM-TV
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