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      Two vehicle accident in Columbia leaves one dead, one critical

      One person died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at Route B and Oakland Church Road in Columbia Thursday morning.

      One person is dead and another has life-threatening injuries after a two vehicle accident in northeast Columbia Thursday morning.

      According to the Columbia Fire Department, crews were called to the scene just after 6:40 Thursday morning where they found one vehicle upright in the roadway and the other off the roadway.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 2003 Ford Mustang driven by Rene Lopez-Espinoza, 34, of Columbia was Northbound on Route B near Oakland Church road when he drifted off the right side of the road, overcorrected, travelled across the center line, and was struck by a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by Richard Nelson, 60, of Hallsville.

      Both drivers had to be extricated. Lopez-Espinoza was pronounced dead at the scene; Nelson was transported to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries.