Phelps County crash splits pickup in half, seriously injures driver

PHELPS COUNTY, MO – A 27-year-old man was seriously injured in a dramatic single-vehicle car accident early Saturday morning in Phelps County that ended up splitting a pickup truck in half, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at 1:16 a.m. on Highway DD, about a mile from St. James, when a 2000 Dodge 3500 drove off the side of the road and collided with a culvert. The Dodge then was thrown into the air and collided with a pole.

The cab of the pickup separated from the rest of the vehicle after crashing into the utility pole, though the driver, 27-year-old Robert L. Hughes, of Cuba, Missouri, was able to continue driving the cab portion of the vehicle for a short time.

He managed to drive the front half of the Dodge about 900 feet before the vehicle finally broke down on the side of the road.

Hughes was taken to Phelps Health Hospital with serious injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened.

No other people were injured in the collision.

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