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Car crashes into Columbia's historic Conley House

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 7:08 p.m. CST
Workers shore up a wall at the Conley House on Sanford Street on Friday. The wall was damaged when a car crashed into the wall shortly after 2 a.m.

COLUMBIA — A car crashed into the historic Conley House on Sanford Street early Friday morning. Two windows of the building were broken, and its structure was damaged.

On Friday morning, bricks littered the surrounding grass, and insulation was exposed around the damaged area.

The house, built in 1868 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by MU and used as office space. Campus Facilities is assessing the damage.

At 2:20 a.m., a security officer heard a loud noise and saw the car hit the building, said Capt. Brian Weimer, MU Police Department public information officer.

The driver, Burke James, who had been acting as a designated driver, had already dropped his friends off, and there was no one else in the vehicle, Weimer said. James was taken to University Hospital. Weimer said James had no visible injuries but complained of pain.

Weimer said there was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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