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Two-car crash sends five to hospitals

Five people two of them children -- were taken to area hospitals Saturday after a two-vehicle crash on a slippery Route 5 in Batavia.

Hope A. Calhoun, 30, of Shady Lane in Batavia, was driving her 2005 Pontiac eastbound on Route 5, west of Hopkins Road, just before noon, when she lost control of the vehicle due to unsafe speed on slushy roads, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

Calhoun crossed into the westbound lane and crashed head on into a 1997 Dodge pickup driven by Kenneth R. Thomas, 49, of Hopkins Road.

Calhoun was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, sheriff's officials said. She was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where she was in the trauma unit Saturday evening with serious injuries.

The two children in Calhoun's vehicle -- Claire Williams, 8, and Evan Williams, 4, both of Cockram Road, Byron -- were each in car seats. They were taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where they were treated and released, officials said.

Thomas, meanwhile, was transported to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia for a leg injury. A passenger in his pickup, Wendy H. Howard, 49, of Hopkins Road, also was taken to the Batavia hospital, where she was treated for rib injuries, sheriff's officials said.

The crash remained under investigation Saturday night by deputies Ron Meides and John Duyssen.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Batavia, Darien, East Pembroke and Oakfield volunteer fire departments, as well as Mercy EMS and state police.