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DRIVER IN FATAL CRASH IS CRITICAL

A Rushford man remains hospitalized in critical condition following a fiery collision between a pickup truck and a motor home that killed his passenger and injured three other persons.

The name of the man pronounced dead at the scene of Sunday night's crash was withheld, pending confirmation through medical records. State police in Wellsville said the records were unavailable Monday because of the holiday.

The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on Route 243 in the Allegany County Town of Rushford. State police said drunken-driving charges are pending against the driver of the eastbound pickup truck, Jeffrey Vandixon, 30, of Rushford.

Vandixon's vehicle failed to yield the right of way when he attempted a left turn into a driveway. His vehicle collided with the westbound motor home, which was hauling a loaded horse trailer.

After the crash, the pickup truck and the motor home slid off the road together and burst into flames. Meanwhile, the horse trailer separated from the motor home and slid some 300 feet into a drainage ditch, but none of the horses aboard was seriously injured.

Vandixon was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, then transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he remains in critical condition in the trauma intensive-care unit.

The driver of the motor home, Donna Jensen, 37, of Huntington Court, Hamburg, was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, where she was listed in fair condition. Two passengers in her vehicle also were taken to that hospital, where they apparently were released after treatment.

Vandixon also faces charges for failure to yield the right of way.

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