22-Vehicle pileup in Missouri sends 9 to hospital - KMOV.com

22-Vehicle pileup in Missouri sends 9 to hospital

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A hydroplaning vehicle is blamed for starting a 22-vehicle pileup on Interstate 70 in mid-Missouri.

Columbia police said in a news release that nine people were taken to the hospital after Friday night's crashes. Three of the injured remained in serious condition Saturday.

Police said the pileup started when a westbound Pontiac Grand Prix slid on the wet road and spun around facing eastbound. It then struck the guardrail on the south side of the highway.

A Dodge truck then struck the front of the Pontiac, and a Ford Escape then struck the Dodge truck.

A tractor-trailer trying to avoid the accident hit a stopped vehicle, pushing it into other stopped vehicles.

Police said a series of crashes followed in quick succession.

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