Iowa runaway still in the hospital after single-car crash near Hartsburg

Monday, April 21, 2014 | 5:18 p.m. CDT; updated 5:46 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 21, 2014

COLUMBIA — A single-car crash Sunday morning involving five minors from Iowa sent two passengers to the hospital with serious injuries.

The car crash was reported at 8:17 a.m. at the intersection of East Hartsburg Bottom Road and Bush Landing Road near Hartsburg, according to Columbia emergency dispatch records.

The car, a stolen 2001 gray Chevrolet Trailblazer, overturned after hitting a metal bridge and rolled off the road, said Price Nichols, public information officer for the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District.

A 15-year-old female, who suffered the most severe injuries, was air-lifted to University Hospital, and a 15-year-old male was taken to a hospital by ambulance, said Tom O'Sullivan, a detective with the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The other three — two males, 13 and 16 years old, and a 15-year-old female — ran and hid near the Missouri River, he said. Officers caught one of them quickly, and the other two hid for about an hour by the river bank about a half-mile from the scene.

The female who was air-lifted was still in the hospital Monday afternoon. The male who was transported in the ambulance and the three teens ran towards the river have been released to juvenile officers.

Four of the five teenagers in the car were reported runaways from Des Moines, Iowa.

The car they were driving was reported stolen from Indianola, Iowa, near Des Moines, according to the news release.

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