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4 TEENS SERIOUSLY HURT IN CRASH

Four teen-agers, trapped for two hours in their car, were seriously injured Tuesday night after their vehicle struck a tree on Saunders Settlement Road, according to Lewiston police.

The one-car accident occurred at 7:47 p.m. in the 1300 block of Saunders Settlement, according to Police Chief Ronald Winkley.

A fifth passenger managed to crawl from the rear seat of the 1989 Oldsmobile and was sitting on the frozen ground when Officers Anthony Nicoletti and DeEtte Iacovitti arrived on the scene, Winkley said.

The driver of the car was identified as Leanne Marie Tabone, 17, of California, who was visiting relatives in Pendleton for the holidays, police said.

"The car was traveling westbound on Route 31 (Saunders Settlement) when the driver lost control, slid across the eastbound lane and struck a tree with the passenger-side door," Winkley said.

Ms. Tabone and her cousin, Russell Tabone, 15, of Killian Road, Pendleton, were taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, by Mercy Flight, police said. Stacy L. McConnell, 13, of Cambria was taken by ambulance to Mount St. Mary's Hospital, then helicoptered to Children's Hospital, Buffalo.

Troy Chad Sheppard of Sanborn also was taken by Mercy Flight to Children's, Winkley reported.

Police could not determine the extent of their injuries, but said all four were discovered unconscious.

Jeffrey White, 16, of Cambria, found conscious outside the vehicle, was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital.

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