COLUMBIA — One adult and two children were injured in a rollover crash on U.S. 63 just north of the Prathersville exit at about 5:10 Monday evening.
One child was thrown from the vehicle in the crash, and the driver was pinned beneath the Chevy S-10 truck before onlookers came and lifted the vehicle off the adult, according to Boone County Fire Protection District Lt. Josh Creamer.
Kevin Robinson of the Columbia Public Defender's Office was one of the people who stopped to assist before emergency personnel arrived.
“Me and a few other guys gave a heave and flipped the truck over,” said Robinson, a former highway patrolman. He then helped the child who had been thrown from the vehicle, applying pressure to a head wound, keeping the child’s neck straight, and talking to him. Robinson held the child’s neck in place until emergency personnel took over, he said.
The children were 9 and 10 years old. One child was wearing a seat belt; it is not known if the other two occupants were also belted in. More information was not immediately available.
The three were transported to University Hospital.
Five fire units from Boone County and Columbia responded along with three ambulances.