COLUMBIA — Two women were hospitalized after their cars collided Thursday morning south of Columbia. Broken glass lay scattered on part of Missouri 163 at U.S. 63, and a red car with a shattered windshield was facing into a ditch.
A white Monte Carlo attempting to cross the southbound lanes of U.S. 63 was T-boned by a red Cavalier, said Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District.
One of the drivers, Kimberly A. Garrett, 52, of Ashland, was taken to University Hospital and was in good condition Thursday afternoon. The other driver, Yolandis Patterson, 34, of Jefferson City, was in fair condition.
The driver of the Monte Carlo was thrown from the vehicle and landed 50 feet away, Blomenkamp said. She was found in a ditch and taken to University Hospital with serious injuries, he said.
The driver of the Cavalier had moderate injuries, including fractures, and was also taken to University Hospital, Blomenkamp said.
Sgt. Matt Broniec of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Monte Carlo pulled out in front of the Cavalier. He said both drivers were conscious and alert when they were taken to the hospital.
The accident was reported at 8:30 a.m., Blomenkamp said, and crews from a fire station two miles away arrived seven minutes after the accident was reported.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is in the process of replacing the crossover at Missouri 163, along with several others with J-turns designed to help eliminate T-bone collisions.