Three injured in Canton crash; firefighters use 'Jaws of Life' to remove two victims
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 8:57 am

CANTON – Three people were seriously injured Saturday after a Utica teen allegedly pulled out of a private road into an oncoming vehicle on County Route 27, according to St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies.

Canton Fire Department personnel used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate two people from their vehicle. One crash victim was transferred to a Burlington, Vt. hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Deputies said Thom T. Byrne, 18, Utica, drove his 2003 Honda in front of a 2004 Dodge pickup truck operated by Andrew M. Bregg, 28, Canton, as he was traveling north at about 2:30 p.m.

Byrne suffered severe head and body trauma and was transported to Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington for treatment, deputies said.

Byrne along with a passenger in his vehicle, Damian Cuellar, 19, Canton, was first taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Canton Rescue after they were extricated from their vehicle by the the “Jaws of Life.”

Cuellar was treated at CPH for a laceration to the head, deputies said.

Bregg suffered from a possible fractured arm and was taken to CPH by a private vehicle for treatment.

The investigation into the crash is continuing and possible charges are pending, deputies said.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by SUNY Canton security officers.