*** UPDATE ***
Thursday June 2, 2016
A car accident just outside of Columbia yesterday, killed a man from Greenview, Illinois.
The multi vehicle crash included two tractor trailers. According to initial reports, Robert Johnston, 60, of Greenview, Il., was eastbound on I-70 when traffic began to slow. Johnston crashed into the rear of the vehicle in front of him and was rear-ended by a Kenworth Tractor Trailer, causing the Johnston vehicle to get pushed into the side of a Freightliner Tractor Trailer.
The Johnston vehicle then reportedly ran off the right side of Interstate 70, into the ditch and overturned, ejecting Johnston partially. Johnston’s vehicle rolled over and he was underneath the car when emergency crews arrived. Responders used airbags to lift the vehicle off him.
Johnston was pronounced dead on scene. Johnston’s passenger, Mary Johnston, 60, of Greenview, Il., was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
June 1st, 2016 at 2:05 p.m.
ABC 17 News has confirmed one person is dead, after a crash blocked parts of I-70 eastbound Wednesday afternoon. Several vehicles were involved near the mile marker 129 between Highway 63 and Lake of the Woods exit.
Columbia police at the scene told ABC 17 News, their department is the lead agency investigating what happened.
Traffic on I-70 eastbound is down to one lane because of the crash. It is reported that traffic is backed up all the way to Providence Road and beyond.