MU student killed going wrong way on I-70 near Kingdom City

Friday, December 7, 2012 | 2:31 p.m. CST; updated 6:34 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — An MU sophomore died early Friday morning after a head-on collision on Interstate 70.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Emily Ferguson, 19, of Kirkwood, was westbound in the eastbound lanes at 3 a.m. near Kingdom City when she hit another motorist.

Charles Mills, 39, of St. Peters, is currently in serious condition at University Hospital. Ferguson was not wearing a seat belt, but Mills was wearing one.

Ferguson was driving a 2004 Nissan Xterra, and Mills was in a 2009 Hino truck. The eastbound lane of I-70 near Mile 151 was closed from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

This was the second traffic fatality within eight hours on or around I-70. Charles Streeter, 44, was killed around 7 p.m. Thursday when he was struck less than half a mile from I-70 on U.S. 40.

Streeter, from Springfield, Ore., was standing in the roadway when a 17-year-old driver from Oquawka, Ill., hit him, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Paul Reinsch. Reinsch said no charges were expected.

Two Columbia residents are in critical condition at University Hospital after a collision on Providence Road shortly before midnight.

Michael Tufts, 23, and Michelle Morrow, 24, were southbound in a Ford pickup when a Volkswagen Beetle crossed the center line and hit their truck.

Three others in the accident were not seriously injured. Neither Tufts nor Morrow were wearing seat belts.

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