Crash at I-255 split in Columbia


Emergency personnel responded shortly before 10:20 a.m. Monday to a vehicle crash with injuries on northbound Route 3 at the I-255 northbound split in Columbia.

A white Chevrolet Silverado driven by William King, 54, of Marissa, collided with a Bobcat mini excavator working near the highway. The excavator, driven by Colton Wood, 23, of Sandoval, was struck while traveling across the northbound lanes.

The operator of the excavator was cited for failure to yield right of way.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was briefly diverted onto Old State Route 3. The lanes from Route 3 to I-255 were reopened shortly after 10:45 a.m.

Responding agencies include Columbia police, fire department and EMS personnel, Dupo police and Illinois State Police.

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