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Two men die from injuries suffered two weeks ago in Canton crash


CANTON — Two men involved in a Sept. 12 car crash that sent them to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., are dead after being in critical condition for nearly two weeks.

Corey P. Deshane, 33, of 614 Sissonville Rd., Potsdam, and Cody J. Tennant, 21, of Ogdensburg had to be freed from their vehicle by a hydraulic metal-cutting tool used by the Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad after the crash on Route 29 in the town of Canton.

The two-vehicle collision occurred when Mr. Deshane lost control of the car he was driving and it slid sideways into the oncoming lane where it was struck by a car driven by Cheryl L. Crayford, 26, Norwood, state police said.

Ms. Crayford told police that she was merging onto the road from County Route 27 when she came upon the other car and couldn’t avoid hitting it.

Both men were taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and transferred to the Vermont Medical Center that same night.

Mr. Deshane was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday evening. Mr. Tennant died Tuesday.

Ms. Crayford was treated for injuries at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

No charges were brought in the accident.

Canton Volunteer First Assistant Fire Chief Erik D. Johnson was on the scene of the crash, which he said was a rarity for that stretch of road.

“We don’t spend a lot of time on Waterman Hill at all, not even in the winter time,” Mr. Johnson said Thursday night. “So this is absolutely rare that we have an accident of this magnitude on this intersection, on that stretch of road.”

Mr. Johnson has been with the fire department for 21 years and he said in that time he can only recount three times where calls have been made for accidents in that location.

“I don’t think weather impaired the accident at all,” Mr. Johnson added. “It was a light rain. I would have expected more of a problem if it was a heavy rain and weather wasn’t conducive to freezing that night.”

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