One man hospitalized in collision

Thursday, August 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:45 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Two cars collided on Forum Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, closing traffic in both directions for 40 minutes. Jeffrey Oflynn was injured in the crash and taken to University Hospital. His condition was unknown Wednesday night, but he appeared to have suffered moderate injuries, Columbia police officer Alan Hulett said. Stephen Reichlin, the other driver, was not injured.

Driving southbound on Forum, Oflynn veered his black Ford Escort into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with Reichlin’s silver Dodge Dakota pickup.

“I was driving north when the guy in the (Ford) lost control on a turn and came into my lane,” Reichlin said.

Columbia Fire Department officials and paramedics removed Oflynn from the Ford.

“We helped package him onto a stretcher and they took him to the hospital,” firefighter Roger Mertensmeyer said.

Blood was found on the driver’s side seat, airbag and door handle of the Ford. The glove box fell onto the floor of the vehicle, and its contents were strewn on the side of the road.

Police anticipated that Oflynn will be issued citations for failing to drive on the right half of the roadway and failing to wear a seat belt.

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