A Labor Day car accident south of Columbia resulted in one person being killed and another being seriously injured. It took place just before 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Rt. 3 at Frontage Road (across from Gilmore Lake Road).
A silver car was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and slammed into a ditch. Witnesses reported that two persons were trapped inside the smoking vehicle. Responding to the scene were Columbia and Waterloo firefighters, two Columbia ambulances, Columbia police officers and county deputies. In addition, an Arch helicopter was dispatched and landed nearby on the highway.
Firefighters used Jaws of Life to help EMTs extricate one of the victims inside the vehicle. Once that person was freed, they were airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for serious injuries. The county coroner was called after the second person inside the vehicle had passed.
Route 3 traffic was tied up for over an hour, but all lanes have since re-opened.