Two people in fair condition after I-70 wreck

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | 5:06 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The conditions of two people who were in a westbound I-70 wreck Monday evening were upgraded to fair, University Hospital spokeswoman Barbie Morgan said. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website, Vander Coltrane, 61, of Columbia and Abdi Farah, 52, of Columbus, Ohio, were taken to University Hospital in serious condition after Farah overcorrected his eastbound tractor-trailer and crossed through the median cables into the westbound lane, hitting Coltrane's Plymouth Voyager minivan nearly head on. 

Farah was transported to University Hospital by helicopter, while Coltrane was transported by ambulance, said Gale Blomenkamp, Boone County Fire Protection District public information officer. 

The fire district had to extricate both drivers from their vehicles, Blomenkamp said. 

"The cables were wrapped up in the tractor-trailer, and to get the trailer off the roadway, we had to cut the cables," Missouri Highway Patrol trooper B.R. Germann said. 

Germann said the highway patrol was investigating the causes of the incident. It was unknown as to what caused Farah to overcorrect, but the tractor-trailer failed to stay in its lane. Charges were pending until the investigation is complete. 

Blomenkamp said the Fire District responded to the wreck at 7:54 p.m. and left the scene at 10:44 p.m. Westbound I-70 was closed from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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