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Columbia I-70 truck accident injures 2, kills 3 animals

An automobile, or even a small truck, is no match for an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. When a truck crash occurs, the results are often devastating, magnified by the sheer force of the larger vehicle. Early on the morning of Jan. 27, a truck accident occurred on Interstate 70, immediately west of Columbia, which injured at least two of the parties involved and killed three animals.

A 69-year-old man and a 68-year-old female passenger were traveling eastbound at about 3 a.m. in a GMC truck that was towing a camper filled with three dogs and 14 cats. They were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, and the force of the collision sent both vehicles off the roadway, where they overturned.

The woman passenger, apparently not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the smaller truck. Both she and the driver were rushed to University Hospital with what were initially described as moderate injuries. Later that morning the woman was reported to be in good condition, though there was no further word concerning the driver. At least one dog and two cats were killed in the accident. The Boone County/Columbia Department of Health and Human Services reported that Animal Control officers were called to the scene to retrieve the dead animals, recover two additional dogs and search for 12 missing cats.

Initial reports did not state whether any traffic citations were issued because of the truck accident. Nevertheless, a complete investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol could uncover the cause of the incident.

In addition to determining what occurred on the highway, authorities might also seek to review the truck driver's logbook and company maintenance records as well as look to see if the driver or the trucking company have any previous traffic or safety violations on record. Those injured will surely want to review all relevant information as they seek to gauge the likelihood of recovering monetary damages for any negligence that caused or led to the injuries sustained.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune, "Trucks overturn, animals killed in I-70 crash," Jan. 27, 2012

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