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      Teen badly hurt when car plunged down embankment into creek

      MGN Online

      UPDATE: As of 9:52 p.m. Monday, Ashlyn Billington was listed in fair condition at University Hospital in Columbia.

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      UPDATE: The Highway Patrol crash report said Ashlyn Billington, 18, of Novinger, received serious injuries and was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia. The report said she was not wearing a seat belt. Billington's car hit several trees before slamming into a creek bed.

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      A northeast Missouri teen had to be cut from her car after the vehicle plunged over an embankment and ended up in a creek bed.

      It happened right around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

      Authorities say Ashlyn Billington, 18, of Novinger left the roadway on the north side of Highway 6 just west of Kirksville.

      It went down a 100-foot embankment, coming to rest wedged in a creek bed.

      Emergency personnel struggled for nearly an hour-and-a-half to free Billington from the vehicle.

      They had to cut the top off of the car to get her out.

      When crews first got to the scene, Billington was alert and talking to emergency responders at the scene.

      We don't yet know the severity of Billington's injuries.

      She was airlifted from the scene to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

      No other vehicles were involved.