Seven People Injured in Head on Collision
BOONE COUNTY - Seven people were seriously injured in a head-on collision near the Midway Expo Center on Highway 40. After the collision, a 1996 gray Buick landed in front of the Little General Convenience Store, while a 2007 maroon Jaguar ended up in a ditch after colliding with a concrete culvert and catching fire next to the Phillips 66 gas station.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said the Buick was traveling east and turned into the path of the Jaguar. The head-on collision left seven people with various injuries. Blomenkamp said none appear to be life threatening, and the driver of Buick is the only one to sustain serious injuries. All passengers in both cars were transported to University Hospital.
Only one of the six passengers in the Buick was wearing seatbelts, while 65 year old Gregory Robinson of Columbia, the one person in the Jaguar did have a seat belt on. One of the passengers in the Buick was thrown into the windshield. Three young children were in the Buick and have sustained moderate injuries.
The Jaguar caught on fire, which was quickly put out. There were four ambulances and three fire trucks at the scene of the accident. In total, there were about 20 emergency responders on the scene.
The driver of the Buick was 58 year old Anna Sapp. The other passengers were 54 year old Mary Mcclarrinon, 28 year old Crystal Vahldick, 9 year old James Vahldick, 11 year old Kayla Vahldick and 6 year old Preston Vahldick. All of the passengers in the Buick were from Armstrong in Howard County.
It is not known if rain was a factor in the accident. The Highway Patrol will make that determination soon.