UPDATE: One killed, another injured in Thursday morning accident

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 8:51 a.m. CDT; updated 4:09 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 15, 2014
A Ford Mustang sits in the middle of Route B south of Oakland Church Road on Thursday morning after a two-car collision that killed the driver of the Ford. Another person was seriously injured in the accident.

This article has been updated to include the drivers' names and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report.

COLUMBIA — One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-car accident Thursday morning at Route B and Oakland Church Road.


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Rene Lopez-Espinoza, 34, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene, and Richard Nelson, 60, of Hallsville was taken to University Hospital for serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Lopez-Espinoza was driving north on Route B in a 2003 Ford Mustang when he drifted off the right side of the road. He over-corrected, traveled across the center line and collided with Nelson, who was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla, according to the highway patrol's crash report. 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 6:42 a.m. and arrived a few minutes later. They found one vehicle upright in the roadway and one off the roadway, according to a news release from the fire department.

Lopez-Espinoza was pronounced dead at 6:49 a.m., according to the highway patrol's report. Both vehicles are totaled.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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