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Two-car accident on U.S. 63 sends one driver to hospital

Monday, August 15, 2011 | 5:44 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 15, 2011
Two cars are lifted to the shoulder of U.S. 63 at the Grindstone Parkway exit on Monday.

COLUMBIA — A two-car accident resulted in one injury and slowed traffic to a crawl on U.S. 63 at the Grindstone Parkway exit on Monday.

Police were dispatched to the accident at about 12:08 p.m.

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Robyn Taylor, 20, and Jerod Barlow, 20, who were traveling north in a blue Mazda Protégé, were headed to lunch at Red Lobster when they were involved in an accident that sent a red Pontiac G6 down the left side of a steep hill, said Latisha Stroer, a Columbia Police Department public information officer.

Stroer said Dustin Frey, 24, the driver of the red Pontiac, was in the left lane behind Taylor and Barlow. When Frey went to change lanes to the right he lost control of the vehicle and swerved back to the inside lane, striking the Protégé along the side. Both cars spun off the right side of the road. The Mazda slid 50 feet from the road and the Pontiac traveled 150 feet down the hill, sliding into a concrete drain which caused it to flip onto its side, Stroer said.

Economy Towing worked to pull the smashed red Pontiac from the bottom of the hill where it rested, surrounded by debris, including a blanket and a car seat. Frey was sent to the hospital with minor injuries including a head laceration, neck and head pain, Stroer said.

Taylor and Barlow did not suffer any injuries. All three were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident, according to a news release.


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