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UPDATE: One man still in critical condition after fatal accident on Thursday

Monday, December 10, 2012 | 3:40 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia resident Michael Tufts, 23, remains in critical condition at University Hospital Monday after his truck was struck by a car on Providence Road on Thursday. 

Tufts' Ford pickup was struck by a Volkswagen Beetle that crossed the center line of Providence Road near the Hinkson Creek bridge late Thursday night, according to a Columbia Police Department crash report.  A passenger in the pickup, Michelle Morrow, 24, also of Columbia, died Friday afternoon.

John Kalogeris, 21, also a passenger in the pickup, was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Neither Tufts nor Morrow were wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Beetle, Spencer Gordon, 20, and his passenger, Kyle Turner, 22, were not injured.

The accident occurred within hours of another fatal accident that killed MU sophomore Emily Ferguson, 19, on Interstate 70 near Kingdom City.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Ferguson was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-70 at 3 a.m. when she struck the vehicle of Charles Mills.

Mills was in serious condition at University Hospital following the accident on Friday but was discharged Monday, according to University Hospital spokesperson Kathy Richardson.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F spokesman Paul Reinsch said there is currently no indication that alcohol was involved in the Ferguson fatality but that the accident is still under investigation.


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