Two sent to University Hospital in I-70 rollover accident

Monday, June 20, 2011 | 2:15 p.m. CDT; updated 12:26 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 24, 2011
Officials work to clean up the wreckage from a rollover accident involving a silver Ford Expedition and a Puma travel trailer at mile marker 116 on Interstate 70 on Monday. Two adults were transported to the hospital and one of them was ejected from the SUV. Five children were also in the car but weren't injured. Another adult in the vehicle did not sustain injuries.

COLUMBIA — A rollover accident on westbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 116 in Rocheport sent two of the eight people involved to University Hospital with non-serious injuries Monday afternoon.

James Kinsella, 45, the driver of a silver Ford Expedition pulling a Puma Travel Trailer, was reaching down to pick up an object that had dropped when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned in the ditch.

The Expedition was turned facing east with its windshield gone and its front fender laying to the vehicle’s left side. The back end of the vehicle was crushed, and the trailer was turned on its left side, blocking traffic in the right lane.

Cindy Kinsella, 45, and Carlee Sams, 22, were transported to University Hospital. Their injuries were not serious, and the two were conscious and alert, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Helfrecht said.

Kinsella and five passengers — Madison Kinsella, 9; Dakota Kinsella, 5; Trenton O’Connor, 3; Chelsea Fultz, 3; and Isabelle Doyle, 6 months — were treated by the ambulance crew at the scene and released. There were also three dogs in the vehicle, but they were unharmed.

Volunteer and personal vehicles took the rest of the passengers to the hospital to meet with family members, who are from Frankfort, Ken., Boone County Fire Department Lt. Josh Creamer said.

The dogs were sent to Boone County Fire Department headquarters until they can be reunited with the family, Creamer said.

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