Two Columbia men killed, two injured in I-70 crash

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 9:05 a.m. CDT; updated 5:44 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 7, 2012

UPDATE: This story has been updated with the condition of the two men who were hospitalized after the crash and the preliminary findings of the crash investigation.

COLUMBIA — Two men were killed and two were seriously injured when the car they were riding in crossed the center line on Interstate 70 and hit a truck.

All four men were from Columbia. The two men who died, Terron L. Davis, 26, and Andre L. Edwards, 25, were not wearing seatbelts, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

The crash occurred at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday when the driver of the car, Randall D. Wells, 31, apparently overcorrected after running off the side of the road, drove through the median cables that separate the eastbound and westbound lanes of the road and struck  a 2005 Peterbilt truck that was traveling east at mile marker 73.

Corporal Glen Ward with the Highway Patrol said that the driver apparently swerved to pass a truck that was in front of him in the passing lane and lost control of the car.

Davis and Edwards were thrown from the car and were pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. by Saline County Coroner Willie Harlow. Wells was taken to University Hospital in Columbia by ambulance, and Brandon West, 29, was airlifted to University Hospital. Wells was in good condition, and West was in serious condition Tuesday, said MU Health Care spokesman Jeffrey Hoelscher.*

The driver of the truck, Roland Mask, 31, of St. Louis, was not injured in the crash, according to the Highway Patrol.

Ward said that at a minimum, misdemeanor charges against the driver of the car were possible, but the investigation was ongoing.

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