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Rochester crash injures woman, two children

ROCHESTER - A woman and two children were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a two-car crash on Washington Street, near Dry Hill and Estes roads.

Police said a slippery road due to the snowstorm was a factor in the crash.

It was one of dozens of fender-benders, rollovers and collisions reported statewide during Wednesday's snowstorm.

Police said Nanette Vaughan of Rochester was driving a 2003 Saturn north on Washington Street just before 7 a.m., heading down the hill near Dry Hill Road when she began to lose control of the car because of the slick road. Her car crossed the center line and was struck on the driver's side by a 1998 Jeep Cherokee operated by Wilfred Dow, 43, of Rochester.

Vaughn and one child were trapped inside the wreckage and had to be extricated by Rochester Fire personnel. After they were removed, they and the other child were all taken by ambulance to Frisbie Memorial Hospital where they were treated for injuries police said were not life-threatening.

Dow and his passenger, Shawn Cota, 33, of Rochester, were not transported from the scene.

Police are reminding motorists to slow down during winter storms and allow extra time to get to destinations. Motorists should also make sure they have extra stopping room between vehicles.


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