Driver rescued from burning Jeep after Highway 94 crash

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a two-Jeep crash on Missouri 94 in north Jefferson City on Tuesday evening. Firefighters removed an occupant after one of the two vehicles caught fire.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene of a two-Jeep crash on Missouri 94 in north Jefferson City on Tuesday evening. Firefighters removed an occupant after one of the two vehicles caught fire. Photo by Julie Smith.

A Holts Summit woman was rescued from her burning Jeep Tuesday evening after it and another Jeep collided in north Jefferson City.

Emergency personnel responded around 5:27 p.m. to the scene of the crash on Missouri 94 near the entrance to the ABB plant.

One of the two Jeeps caught on fire following the crash, with its 28-year-old driver, Katherine O'Neal, trapped inside.

Police officers and bystanders initially used fire extinguishers in an attempt to dowse the flames and remove O'Neal. Firefighters then arrived to extricate her while squelching the blaze.

O'Neal was transported to University Hospital, Columbia, with serious injuries.

Police report O'Neal was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Wehmeyer Road while Laura Adamik, 37, of Tebbetts, was driving a 2006 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Highway 94. The Cherokee was initially stopped and then pulled onto the highway in front of the Wrangler, resulting in the crash.

Amadik was transported from the scene by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, police said. Both drivers appeared to have been wearing their seat belts.

Earlier coverage, posted at 8:11 p.m. Tuesday:

Both lanes of Missouri Highway 94 in north Jefferson City are open once again following a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday evening. Initial reports indicate one person had to be pulled from a burning vehicle.

Emergency personnel from Jefferson City police and fire departments, along with Cole County EMS, responded to the scene of a two-Jeep crash near the entrance to the ABB plant.

One of the vehicles was a Wrangler Scout and the other a Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee caught fire after the crash.

Firefighters removed an occupant from the vehicle and extinguished the blaze. The person was taken by ambulance from the scene.

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