Early morning Columbia crash sends 2 to the hospital

Columbia Police said an early morning car crash accident that sent two people to the hospital is under investigation.

At 4:48 Friday morning the Columbia Fire Department responded to 5501 Paris Road for a car crash with people trapped.

The crash happened in front of the FedEx shipping facility. Officers said a single half-ton pick-up truck had come to rest upside down in a large drainage ditch on the west side of the road.

One adult male occupant of the vehicle was out when firefighters arrived, but the other adult male was trapped in the crushed cab of the truck. Firefighters worked for about fifteen minutes, using large, hydraulic rescue tools to free the trapped man.

Both occupants were transported by ambulance to University Hospital. It is unclear if either occupant was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Emergency crews were on the scene of the crash for about one hour.

Columbia Police said the accident is under investigation. Officers said James Threet, the driver, has been arrested for an outstanding parole absconder warrant and for driving while revoked. Threet has not been released from the hospital.

The passenger of the vehicle was transported and released from the hospital.