Early morning crash kills Columbia woman, seriously injures another

Friday, October 4, 2013 | 9:39 a.m. CDT; updated 1:44 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 4, 2013

COLUMBIA — An accident in Cooper County early Friday morning killed a Columbia woman and seriously injured another.

Heather L. Cole, 20, of Columbia, died in the crash that happened around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 70 about 10 miles west of Boonville. The passenger in the car Cole was driving, Sara K. Buxton, 20, also of Columbia, was flown to University Hospital in serious condition, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

By about 1 p.m. Friday, Buxton's condition had been updated to critical, said Kathy Richardson, information specialist with the University of Missouri Health System.

According to the report, Cole was driving a 2006 Ford eastbound when her car veered left, crossing the median cable into oncoming traffic. A 2007 Volvo tractor trailer driven by Aleksandr V. Yefanov, 24, of North Highlands, Calif., collided with Cole's car. Both cars were listed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol as totaled.

Yefanov was not injured, according to the crash report records.

Cole was taken to Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville.

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