Four injured in single-car accident near Fruitland

Monday, February 26, 2007

A single-vehicle accident Sunday sent one woman to the hospital with serious injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Three others also sustained minor injuries.

Joseph M. Jones, 26, of Villa Ridge, Mo., was southbound on Interstate 55 at about 10:47 a.m. two miles south of Fruitland when the 2004 Jeep he was driving ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, a MSHP report said.

Jones and passengers Joseph H. Jones, 22, of Pacific Mo., and a 5-year-old boy of Villa Ridge also sustained minor injuries, the report said.

Deborah K. Jones, 26, of Villa Ridge, also a passenger, was seriously injured. Her leg had become trapped under the dashboard on the passenger side of the vehicle, said Cape Girardeau Fire Department Capt. Steve Niswonger. The fire department responded to the scene to extricate Deborah Jones. The Fruitland Fire Department and the MSHP also responded.

All four were transported to Saint Francis Medical Center, the report said, and citations are pending..

According to the MSHP, only the child was wearing a safety device.

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