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Accident blocks I-70

Sunday, March 27, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:25 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Police were still investigating an accident late Saturday evening that brought traffic on Interstate 70 to a halt in both directions.

A medical helicopter and an ambulance were at the scene. At least one passenger was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

No other information was immediately available.

The accident occurred late Saturday afternoon on eastbound I-70 about a mile west of Stadium Boulevard and involved at least one vehicle, a black sport utility vehicle, that had come to rest in the left lane of the interstate. Lengthy skid marks were visible on the right side of the eastbound lanes, and the vehicle had suffered extensive damage.

Columbia police and firefighters responded and initially blocked traffic in both directions. Police eventually opened the westbound lanes and a single eastbound lane. Traffic proceeded slowly, causing several miles of congestion. Police were photographing the scene and collecting debris scattered on both sides of the highway. Personal effects had been removed from the vehicle and placed on the side of the road.

— Kathlyn Clore


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