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.