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Woman freed from upended car after collision

Saturday, October 2, 2010 | 4:03 p.m. CDT; updated 8:45 a.m. CDT, Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Chevrolet TrailBlazer collided with a Ford Taurus and flipped on its side Saturday afternoon at the Grindstone Parkway entrance ramp to U.S. 63.

COLUMBIA — Firefighters rescued a woman through the back window of her Chevrolet TrailBlazer after it collided with a Ford Taurus and flipped on its side Saturday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 1:34 p.m. at the Grindstone Parkway entrance ramp to U.S. 63 when the driver of the TrailBlazer ran a red light, Columbia Police Officer Robert Bennett said.

Bennett said the driver of the TrailBlazer made a last-second decision to drive straight instead of turning right, causing the driver of the Taurus to hit the TrailBlazer, flipping it on its side.

The driver of the SUV could unbuckle her seat belt and stand up following the crash, but could not exit her car, Bennett said. Four fire units were dispatched to the scene, where firefighters freed the woman by breaking the car's back window.

The accident closed the highway entrance ramp for approximately 30 minutes until officials were able to remove the cars from the scene.

Both drivers suffered minor cuts, but were not hospitalized. Police said they will release the drivers' names at a later time.

Charges in the case are pending.


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