Six injured, one critically, in I-70 crash on Saturday

Monday, March 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:19 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

A Tennessee man remained in critical condition Sunday after a weekend car accident on Interstate 70 that blocked traffic in both directions. The five passengers of the car were listed in stable condition.

The initial investigation indicates Ron Benedict, 57, of Brentwood, Tenn., fell asleep while driving, according to the Columbia Police Department. His black sport utility vehicle left the interstate about a mile west of Stadium Boulevard and overturned.

The accident happened at 5:05 p.m. Saturday.

Benedict was airlifted to University Hospital. Diana Benedict, 45, also of Brentwood, and four juvenile passengers were also taken to University Hospital.

The four juveniles, whose names were not released, were between the ages of 10 and 13. All four live in Tennessee — one in Brentwood and three in Nashville.

According to the police report, Benedict was driving east when he lost control of the vehicle after it moved into the median. The vehicle struck a signpost, returned to the road, crossed the two eastbound lanes and left the south side of the road. After striking a rock bluff, the vehicle overturned several times.

Police are investigating the crash.

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