18-year-old hurt after car goes into ditch near St. James

ST. JAMES, MO (PHELPS COUNTY) – An 18-year-old girl was hurt last night in a single-vehicle crash in Phelps County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The accident happened at 9 p.m. on County Road 3520, a little over a mile from Highway F and about six miles south of St. James.

A 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by a 16-year-old boy from St. James, went off the side of the road and into a ditch.

A passenger, 18-year-old Rolla resident Tessa A. Hartley, received minor injuries in the crash. She sought her own treatment instead of being taken to the hospital.

Both occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts when the crash occurred.

There was only minor damage caused to the Pontiac.

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