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Area woman dies from injuries in crash

Cole County First Responders work to remove a young woman from her vehicle after she ran off eastbound U.S 54, drove through the median and became airborne before crashing into Neighorn Creek bank, just south of Route CC. The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the accident that occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.

Cole County First Responders work to remove a young woman from her vehicle after she ran off eastbound U.S 54, drove through the median and became airborne before crashing into Neighorn Creek bank, just south of Route CC. The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the accident that occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Monday. Photo by Julie Smith.

A Lake Ozark woman died from injuries she suffered in a one-car accident at 9:55 a.m. Monday on U.S. 54, south of Route CC, in Cole County.

According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2007 Toyota Yaris, driven eastbound by Leah M. Schauf, 20, went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and became airborne. The vehicle collided with the northern bank of the Moreau River and came to rest in the river bed.

Schauf, who was wearing a seat belt, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia.

She was pronounced dead around 12:30 p.m.

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