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Two Potsdam brothers in critical condition after unrelated accidents in the same day

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CANTON — Two brothers from Potsdam were in critical condition Friday at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., after being injured in unrelated car accidents less than 20 hours apart.

Christopher L. Deshane, 36, of 645 Sissonville Road, was struck by a car as he was walking on Route 56 in Potsdam at 1:36 a.m. Thursday. Corey P. Deshane, 33, of 614 Sissonville Road, was in a two-car collision at 9 p.m. Thursday in Canton that also injured two other people, one critically.

Jessica Cook, Potsdam, a cousin of the Deshane brothers, confirmed their relationship but declined to discuss the situation further. Thomas Deshane, the men’s father, is in Burlington with his sons.

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies said Natalie G. Plunkett, 26, of 575 Sissonville Road, was driving south on Route 56 during heavy rain early Thursday and observed Mr. Deshane in the road, attempted to avoid him and sideswiped him.

He was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, with head injuries before being transferred to Fletcher Allen. His condition worsened from fair on Thursday night to critical Friday afternoon, according to the hospital.

An investigation is continuing. Deputies said Ms. Plunkett was not cited and probably will not be charged with a crime.

Deputies were assisted by Potsdam Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Potsdam police and state police.

On Thursday night, Corey Deshane was driving on County Route 29 when he lost control of his car and it slid sideways into the oncoming lane, where it was struck by a car driven by Cheryl L. Crayford, 26, Norwood, state police said. Ms. Crayford told police that she was merging onto the road from County Route 27 when she came upon the other car and couldn’t avoid hitting it.

Corey Deshane and his passenger, Cody J. Tennant, 21, of Newton Falls, were taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital and transferred late Thursday to Fletcher Allen, where they both were listed in critical condition Friday afternoon.

Ms. Crayford was treated for injuries at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

The Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad had to use a hydraulic metal-cutting tool to free Corey Deshane from his car.

An investigation into the accident is continuing, police said.

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