Eldon man hit by two cars on U.S. 63

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | 5:38 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — An Eldon man was seriously injured Monday night after being hit by two cars on U.S. Highway 63.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, the accidents happened shortly after 6 p.m. on U.S. 63 South at Liberty Lane in Ashland. Richard K. McNeil, 45, was struck by two vehicles as a pedestrian.

Sgt. Matt Broniec of the highway patrol said that before McNeil was hit, he was driving southbound in a Dodge pickup in the left lane. A Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer was southbound in the right lane.

When the driver of the Chevrolet braked to avoid a slow-moving vehicle, the trailer got loose and went off into the left lane, Broniec said. McNeil then had to stop his car in the median and get out to talk to the driver of the Chevrolet, Broniec said.

As McNeil headed back to his car, he was struck by the first vehicle.

A minute later, he was hit by a second vehicle.

The first car was a 2004 Chevrolet driven by Leta J. Bax, 48, of Hartsburg.  The vehicle had minor damage, according to the report. The second vehicle, a 1996 Buick, was driven by Gregg R. Crane, 63, of Columbia. The car had no damage, according to the report.

McNeil was taken to University Hospital. As of 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, he was in critical condition, according to the hospital.

A similar accident happened less than a month ago when a Columbia man was struck on U.S. 63 by two cars after crashing his car into a snowplow.

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