Fulton woman dies in I-70 crash

Monday, May 5, 2008 | 7:42 p.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — A Fulton woman was killed on Monday after her Chevy Silverado crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer while traveling west on Interstate 70 approaching Providence Road, Columbia Police Sgt. Tim Moriarity said.

A Boone County medical examiner pronounced Jane F. Starkey, 61, dead at the scene of the wreck.

The crash, which occurred at about 11 a.m., involved three vehicles. Leslie Ash, 57, of Hoschton, Ga., was stopped in traffic because one lane on westbound I-70 was closed for construction. She was driving a tractor-trailer, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Starkey was traveling west on I-70, approaching Providence Road in the left-hand lane, when she struck the back of Ash’s vehicle. David Allen, 48, of 1328 El Chaparral Ave., was traveling behind Starkey’s Silverado. Allen swerved his vehicle but was unable to avoid striking the back of Starkey’s Silverado. Continuing past the Silverado, he ended up pinned between a concrete divider and Ash’s tractor-trailer, according to the news release.

“It was pretty much a mess. Debris was across all three lanes,” Moriarity said.

Ash was not injured in the wreck. Allen refused medical treatment, claiming he was not injured, Moriarity said.

The Silverado was destroyed, and the front of the truck was wedged underneath the back of Ash’s tractor-trailer, Moriarity said. The force of the wreck caused the roof to partially tear off. All three vehicles were towed.

The Columbia Police Department, Missouri Department of Transportation, Columbia Fire Department and other emergency services responded to the scene. Three fire trucks responded, Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said.

It took 20 minutes to extricate Starkey from her vehicle with hydraulic cutters after it was taken off the freeway, Sapp said. He said it took about two hours to clear all the debris.

The accident is under investigation by the Columbia Police Department, Moriarity said. It is unknown if Starkey was wearing a seat belt.

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