COLUMBIA — Officers are still attempting to piece together the cause of a two-car collision Friday night that left one person with life-threatening injuries.
The Columbia Police Department received the first report of a collision between a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville and a 1998 Mitsubishi Diamante at 6:42 p.m., according to Columbia Police Sgt. John Gordon. Officers used road flares to divert traffic from the scene at the intersection of North Stadium Boulevard and the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 70. There was no through traffic on the affected block of Stadium Boulevard for about one hour.
The Columbia Fire Department successfully extricated three women from the Pontiac, one of whom was injured critically. The process took about 25 minutes, according to a press release issued by the City of Columbia. A female driver and a male passenger in the Diamante were both injured, but did not require extrication.
In total, five people were transported by ambulance and another by personal vehicle to University Hospital. According to Gordon, the woman in critical condition sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision. The other five people were expected to survive, police said.
The names and ages of the people involved have not yet been released.