Dump truck collides with car, overturns on U.S. 63

Monday, July 25, 2011 | 7:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A dump truck traveling south on U.S. 63 was involved in a rollover accident Monday afternoon.

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a call at 1:46 p.m. to a location just north of the Mexico Gravel Road overpass, according to Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver. Two Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters were on the top of the overturned truck tending to the male driver when Columbia firefighters arrived, Weaver said.

The truck was southbound on U.S. 63 when it collided with a Pontiac Grand Am, according to a news release. The truck crossed the median and all northbound lanes of U.S. 63 before it rolled onto its side, Weaver said. He was unable to say how the collision happened, only that the Pontiac was damaged on one side.

The driver was extracted from the truck and sent to the University Hospital emergency room as a "trauma alert," which means he had possibly life-threatening injuries, the release said.

The driver of the Grand Am was not sent to the hospital.

Weaver confirmed that the truck has been removed from the scene and crews were working to clear the load of asphalt the truck had spilled.

Fuel from the dump truck had spilled onto the roadway, but firefighters applied an absorbent to the leaked fuel after they extracted the injured driver, according to the release.

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