Two injured in accident on Route E

Monday, August 8, 2011 | 9:42 p.m. CDT; updated 8:26 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A woman driving a Ford Escape drove off the road and into the bank of a creek on North Route E on Monday evening. The driver of the vehicle rests on a stretcher as authorities pull her through brush at the bank of the creek.

COLUMBIA — A woman and her 5-year-old son were injured in an accident on Route E north of Columbia at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The vehicle, driven by Elizabeth Klaus, 32, of Columbia, careened off Route E near Wilcox Road, settling inches deep in the embankment on the other side of Rocky Fork Creek, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper Kyle Green. He said the vehicle traveled more than 300 feet before vaulting across the creek and coming to a stop.


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Firefighters found the boy outside of the green Ford Escape, according to Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Doug Westhoff. It is not clear whether the boy was ejected from the SUV.

Klaus was unconscious when emergency services arrived, but regained consciousness and was coherent when University Hospital ambulances took her from the scene, according to Westhoff. She had minor injuries. The boy was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has not released any additional information on the boy or the woman.

The extent of their injuries is unknown.

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Cheyenne Greene August 9, 2011 | 9:44 a.m.

WTH!! no seat belt on a 5 year old! What is her deal, parental skills?

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Sally Willis August 9, 2011 | 1:09 p.m.

It's not legal to drive barefoot and how fast was she going?

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