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Centralia woman injured in crash

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 10:54 am

Kilbourn listed in ‘fair’ condition

A two-vehicle crash the afternoon of September 1, left two people, one a Centralia-area woman, seriously injured.

Crews from various agencies working to rescue Andrea Kilbourn from her vehicle as it leaked gasoline.

Approximately 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Route C and Audrain County Road 232 Sam Cramer of Columbia was driving south on Rt. C, when according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, the grey 2014 Toyota Camry he was driving crossed the center line and hit Andrea Kilbourn’s red 2002 Chevy Blazer head-on as Kilbourn was driving north.

Members of the Little Dixie Fire Protection District working to cut Kilbourn free of her vehicle.

The report listed both as in serious condition.

Members of the Little Dixie Fire Department had to cut Kilbourn and Cramer from their vehicle using the department’s battery-operated Jaws of Life.

The Centralia Fire Department, Centralia Police Department, Boone County Fire and the Audrain Sheriff’s Department rendered assistance with the extrication, rescue and scene control.

Kilbourn was taken by the University Hospitals’ helicopter to the University Hospital in Columbia.

Audrain Ambulance transported Cramer to the University Hospital.

According to the University Hospital Kibourn is in “fair” condition.

Also, according to the University Hospital, Cramer was “treated and released.”

Denny Rusch of the Centralia Fire Department said teamwork was a big factor in rescuing the two from their vehicles. Chief Harlan Hatton of the Centralia Police Department agreed.

“When lives are at stake we are all inspired to do the best we can and Thursday night was an example of us all working together to do that.”

For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.