Metro-East News

Fatal car crash in Columbia closes intersection for almost five hours

Police are investigating a major car crash that left a St. Charles, Missouri, man dead and closed an intersection in Columbia for almost five hours Tuesday.

Around 10:30 a.m., first responders were called to the intersection of Illinois Route 3 (Admiral Parkway) and North Main Street for reports of a vehicle accident, Columbia Police Chief Jerald D. Paul said. There, crews found that a 2012 Toyota Prius driven by Bradford S. Reinhold, 36, of Red Bud, had collided with a 2014 Chevrolet van driven by Timothy H. Kroeger, 49, of St. Charles. There were no other occupants were in either vehicle.

Both drivers were taken to a local hospital by Columbia EMS, Paul said. Kroeger died from his injuries there.

The crash closed the intersection for almost five hours before it reopened Tuesday afternoon. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police Traffic Reconstruction Unit.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.