COLUMBIA — Four people were transported to area hospitals after a Ford Focus collided with a Dodge Ram pickup truck at the intersection of U.S. 63 and Calvert Hill Road around 2 p.m. Sunday.
Two people in a red Ford Focus were headed east on Hinton Road and crossed the southbound lane of U.S. 63 before being struck by a northbound blue Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was pulling two Arctic Cat utility task vehicles.
Witnesses said that the Ford Focus did not stop to yield traffic, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Gundy said.
Crews removed the roof of the Ford Focus in order to extract the owner of the car, who was sitting in the passenger seat. She was airlifted to a hospital in a University Hospital helicopter. The other passenger in the vehicle was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, Gundy said.
The two owners of the pickup truck were sitting in the front seats and were uninjured, but the two passengers in the backseat were taken away by ambulances.
Both vehicles were dragged roughly 100 yards from the accident site to the side of the road.
One northbound lane had been reopened to traffic as of 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
"Driving sensibly could have avoided this accident," Gundy said.