Contact: Battalion Chief John Metz
Duty PIO Pager 573-441-6608 (For Active Emergency Incidents - Leave detailed message 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)
Office 573-874-7644 (M-F, 8-5
At 8:44 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 the Columbia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle car crash near the 123.8 mile marker of westbound I-70. Several 9-1-1 callers reported a vehicle had rolled several times and landed in a ditch alongside the Interstate.
Columbia firefighters arrived at 8:50 p.m. to find a tan Chevy Impala in the ditch between westbound I-70 and the I-70 Drive NW outer road, near Barnwood Drive. The vehicle appeared to have been traveling west on I-70 when it left the right side of the road, rolled down an embankment and came to rest on its wheels.
Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and worked to extricate the trapped driver. Crews had to use hydraulic rescue cutters to remove the roof of the vehicle to access and remove the injured driver. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was transported as a "trauma alert" to University Hospital. The rescue took approximately twenty minutes.
A fire engine, a ladder truck, and rescue squad responded to the incident. I-70 Drive NW at Barnwood was closed for approximately 90 minutes.
The Columbia Fire Department reminds all residents that seat belts save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash