Overturned vehicle in Harmony Creek

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 2:54 p.m. CDT
An employee of Doug Perry Towing Inc. works to remove a vehicle from a Harmony Creek on the 3000 block of I-70 Dr. Southwest while officers with the Columbia Fire Department work to remove minor oil spills. The driver of the vehicle sustained only moderate injuries.

COLUMBIA — A vehicle overturned into Harmony Creek in the 3300 block of I-70 Drive Southwest Wednesday morning and resulted in a minor oil spill and moderate injuries to the driver.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a report at 9:50 a.m. for an extrication accident. According to Capt. Eric Hartman, initial reports that the victim was trapped under the vehicle turned out to be false. When firefighters arrived, they found the white two-door Honda Accord overturned in the creek, and the male victim partially ejected from the driver's side window. The unidentified victim was conscious and able to talk to firefighters during the rescue.

According to Hartman, it took approximately seven minutes to remove the victim from the vehicle. Because of the angle and steep bank of the creek firefighters used a Stokes Basket and ropes to assist with moving the victim. He was then taken to University Hospital by ambulance.

Hartman said a small amount of oil leaked into Harmony Creek. Firefighters worked to control the oil spill, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was notified.

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