Six hospitalized after I-70 crash

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:36 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Six people were hospitalized Tuesday morning after a five-car accident on Interstate 70.

The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. on I-70 westbound at Hominy Branch Creek, about two miles east of the U.S. 63 interchange, and it closed I-70 westbound for more than an hour.

According to police reports, Michael Glassford of Topeka, Kan., was traveling eastbound on I-70 when he lost control of his 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix and slid across the grass median. A 1999 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Melvin Moore, 67, of Columbia hit Glassford’s car on the westbound side of the interstate. The Grand Prix was hit by another vehicle, driven by Nicole Robinson, 30, of Perryville. A tractor trailer driven by Robert Terry of Leeton hit Robinson’s vehicle. A fifth vehicle, driven by Nicole Nichols, 17, of Columbia, was involved, but police have yet to determine what caused her to crash.

Police said the accident was most likely weather-related.

Three people had to be extracted from their vehicles, and all but Terry were taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment. Benjamin Glassford, 8 months, a passenger in the Grand Prix, was listed in serious condition Tuesday night at University Hospital. Andi Glassford, 22, also a passenger, was in fair condition, as were Michael Glassford and Moore. Nichols and Robinson were treated and released.

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