Further Details Released on One Vehicle Crash on Monroe Street Northwest of Centralia
Two Injured in Crash Unable to Talk to Clinton County Deputy, So Report Is Still Incomplete
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Car That Rolled An Estimated Four Times Before Coming to a Stop on the Norfolk Southern Railroad Tracks
Photo by Tim Ferguson

The Clinton County Sheriff's Department says the 17-year-old male driver of a car that crashed on Monroe Street northwest of Centralia during the noon hour Friday has been airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital for treatment.

Both the driver and 16-year-old passenger initially went to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital when emergency help arrived on the scene. The passenger has since been released from the hospital.

The deputy was unable to talk to either juvenile about the crash because of their injuries. Their names are not being released because they are juveniles.

The deputy reports initial investigation indicates the car rolled about four times before it went onto the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks where it landed. While it was originally believed one or both of those in the car were ejected, he questions the theory. Since neither had head injuries, the deputy believes both may have crawled out of the car before emergency help arrived.

The Centralia Fire Protection District and Lifestar Ambulance assisted at the scene until the sheriff's department arrived. The Norfolk Southern railroad was alerted so they could shut down train traffic until the wreckage of the car could be removed.

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