Tuesday crash near JB Bridge

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The Columbia Fire Department was paged shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to respond with police and EMS to the scene of a two-vehicle crash with lane blockage on I-255 southbound near mile marker 4.6.

One person was transported to Mercy South Hospital in St. Louis County as a result of the crash, and traffic was backed up temporarily.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said a 2018 Ford Escape driven by Verna Hopkins, 65, of Columbia, was traveling south on I-255 behind a 2010 Cadillac CTS driven by Mark Boskamp, 68, of Belleville. The Cadillac slowed suddenly in traffic, resulting in the Ford Escape colliding with the Cadillac’s rear end.

Hopkins and a passenger in her vehicle 68-year-old Ivan Snider, were both transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South via Columbia EMS.

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