Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:06:59 GMT — The Columbia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle crash on westbound I-70 on Monday night. At approximately 8:44 p.m., several callers reported that a vehicle had rolled several times and landed in a ditch alongside the interstate. Columbia firefighters responded to the call with a fire engine, ladder truck and a rescue squad. They arrived on the scene at 8:50 p.m. to find a tan Chevy Impala in the ditch between I-70 and the I-70 NW outer road near Barnwood Drive. Authorities said the car appeared to be traveling west on I-70 when it left the right side of the road, rolled down the embankment and landed on its wheels. Firefighters stabilized the car, and began working to pull the driver out. Crews used hydraulic rescue cutters to remove the roof and extract the driver. The rescue took approximately twenty minutes. The driver was the only person in the vehicle, and was transported to University Hospital as a "trauma alert". I-70 Drive NW was closed for roughly an hour and a half. The Columbia Fire Department reminds all residents that seat belts save lives.
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