Car rolls over on I-70 west of Columbia

Friday, July 29, 2011 | 6:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – A car rolled over near mile marker 118 on Interstate 70 around 2:25 p.m. Friday. The accident caused a backup on I-70 westbound and briefly blocked Exit 117 to westbound traffic.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Halford said the car rolled off the highway after the driver swerved right to avoid a collision with the cars in front.

The driver was taken to the hospital, but the extent of any injuries are unknown. There were no passengers or other cars involved, Halford said.

Halford wasn't sure if the driver was wearing a seat belt but did say that side airbags had deployed on the car.

The car itself, a white Nissan Altima, was totaled. After the accident, the car was missing the front passenger-side door, and the roof had been crushed into the car. Both the front and the rear bumper of the car had been completely torn off.

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