Two people sent to hospital after car accident on Route WW

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 7:16 p.m. CST; updated 11:45 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A black Ford Mustang rests in a ditch that also contains pieces of a red Dodge Caravan following a three-vehicle collision on Route WW. Driver Donald J. Cook, 21, was taken away from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital.

* CORRECTION: This sentence was attributed to the wrong person in an earlier version of this story.

COLUMBIA — Two people were taken to University Hospital after a three-car collision Tuesday afternoon on Route WW near Montrose Avenue.

A fire engine blocked traffic on either side of the route for more than an hour while state troopers surveyed the scene.

Donald J. Cook, 21, of Tebbetts, had facial lacerations and was placed on a backboard before he was transported, said Capt. Matt Schofield of the Boone County Fire Protection District. Mary Ann Short, 67, of Fulton, was also taken to the hospital with a head and a leg injury, her husband, Don Short, said.

Short* said the accident occurred when Cook crossed the centerline of Route WW in his Ford Mustang and hit his Buick Le Sabre and a Dodge Caravan with Diane and David Miller of Fulton inside.


Trooper Tony Helfrecht said the reason Cook crossed the centerline was unknown.

The bumper of the Ford was strewn in pieces along the highway. Its hood was crumpled into distinct folds like origami, and the parts underneath were shoved forward toward the steering wheel. The center of the windshield was shattered in a compact circle.

The Ford hit the Buick on its side, with the worst of the impact behind the driver-side door.

It hit the Dodge head-0n. The Millers were bruised but otherwise unhurt, and their van had less damage.

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