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Four injured when Tracker goes airborne in passing attempt

Columbia Police Department alleges Speed among possible factors. Eastbound 1996 Tracker with four aboard attempted to pass another vehicle, left the roadway, struck a road tile, went airborne and overturned twice before coming to a rest on its top 151 feet from where it left roadway. One occupant totally ejected. Second, the driver, partially ejected and required mechanical extrication. Neither belted. Both treated at TJ/C and then airlifted to University of Louisville via Air Evac. Two other passengers, both belted, taken to TJ Health/Columbia, and treated and released.
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By Ofc. Josh Brockman, Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department Chief, Jason Cross

Two Adair County residents airlifted to University of Louisville following single vehicle collision.

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at aprox 00:45amCT Columbia Police Department was dispatched to Fairground Street, Columbia, for a reported injury accident with occupant ejected.

Upon arrival of Officers Josh Brockman and Jamie Cole, it was found that one passenger had been ejected completely and the operator of the vehicle was partially ejected from the drivers window.

Two additional passengers had freed themselves from the vehicle. The driver Kemet Rufus had to be extricated by mechanical means as the vehicle was resting on its top and he was pinned between the door and A post of vehicle.

Preliminary investigation shows that Unit 1, a 1996 Geo Tracker operated by 24 year old Kermit Rufus was traveling east on KY 206 when he attempted to overtake a vehicle and lost control of his vehicle, which left right side of roadway and struck a road tile sending the vehicle airborne before it started to overturn. Vehicle then overturned twice coming to rest on its top 151 ft from where it left roadway.

Unrestrained Driver Kemet Rufus (partially ejected) was treated on scene by Adair EMS, transported to TJ Health/Columbia and then airlifted to University of Louisville via Air Evac

Unrestrained Passenger Kanissaai Thompson (completely ejected ) treated by Adair County Ems transported to TJ Health then airlifted to University of Louisville via Air Evac

Restrained Passenger's Dereck and Alexus Grant were taken to TJ Health where they was treated and released.

The collision remains under investigation by Ofc. Brockman.

Speed is suspected as contributing factors.

Charges are pending.

- Ofc Josh Brockman
Note: If charges are made, they are not proof of guilt. An individual charged is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

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