Three-vehicle wreck in Columbia results in man being airlifted

A three-vehicle wreck in Columbia resulted in a man being airlifted to a Louisville hospital.

According to reports, the wreck occurred just inside the city limits on North Highway 55 just before 4:45 Monday afternoon.

Reports are 91-year-old Charles Barnes was operating a 2016 KIA when he attempted to make a turn from a private driveway onto Highway 55, but pulled into the path of a 2013 Chevy Cruze, being driven by 63-year-old Michael Keene of Columbia, who was traveling south.

Keene struck Barnes vehicle in the drivers side, then spun into the northbound lane where he was struck by a 2015 Nissan, being operated by 32-year-old Elmer Yoder of Columbia

Barnes was treated on scene by Adair EMS and then taken to TJ Regional Hospital, and later flown to the University of Louisville Hospital.

A passenger in Keeneā€™s vehicle was treated on scene and then transported to TJ Health Columbia for additional treatment.


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