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MoDOT to review need for guard cables near location of fatal accident

The fatal crash site along Highway 63 did not have median guard cables to help prevent crossover accidents. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

State Troopers said 21-year-old Kimberly Schumann of Jacksonville was dead after a fatal crossover collision in Boone County on Friday morning.

Missouri Highway Patrol Investigators said the location of that fatal crash was becoming more dangerous every day.

Friday morning’s fatal accident happened near the intersection of Highway 63 and Route 124 East, north of Columbia. Missouri Highway Patrol Investigators said Schumann died after her car crossed from the southbound to the northbound lanes of Highway 63. Investigators said Schumann’s car was T-boned by a northbound vehicle. Investigators said 23-year-old Jonathan Sauceda of Columbia and 22-year-old Leah Ensor of Holliday had moderate injuries after surviving the crash in their northbound vehicle. The fatal crash site along Highway 63 did not have median guard cables to help prevent crossover accidents.

“We see that median cables don’t prevent every single crash, every single time. Historically, they have proven to save lives over the years,” Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott White said.

An old make shift memorial stood along the crash site section of Highway 63. The latest MoDOT crash data for this intersection from 2011 to 2015 showed six total crashes, four property damage only crashes, two minor injury crashes involving three people and no serious injury or fatal crashes. MoDOT officials had no immediate plans to install cable barriers on this stretch of Highway 63. MoDOT officials said they install guard cables in proven high risk areas.

MoDOT engineers said Missouri has more than 800 miles of guard cables. MoDOT officials plan to add more guard cables if a location fits their priority guidelines.

They also plan to review the corridor of Highway 63 near Route 124 to determine if guard cables were warranted in the area.

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