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Blair Oaks School Superintendent James K. (Jim) Jones was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon at University Hospital in Columbia, where he was flown by helicopter after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 in Moniteau County Friday evening.

The Highway Patrol reported Jones, 44, Wardsville, was not using a seat belt and was ejected from his westbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, as it overturned several times after being hit by another westbound vehicle.

Troopers said Ethan D. Jones, 17, California, was driving a 2001 Ford Escort on U.S. 50 and changed lanes, striking the Silverado and causing it to overturn.

The patrol did not report whether Ethan and Jim Jones are related.

While Jim Jones was flown to Columbia, three teens hurt in the accident were taken to Capital Region Medical Center — where they were treated and released.

Ethan Jones was the only person in the Escort.

Jim Jones had two passengers in the Silverado — Allison R. Jones, 16, and Emilee A. Jones, 14, both of Wardsville.

Troopers said all three teens were using seat bets.

Investigators said the Escort received extensive” damage, and the Silverado was totaled in the accident, which occurred at 7:30 p.m. on a four-lane section of U.S. 50, just west of McGirk.

They did not report issuing any tickets or making any arrests in the case.

A separate, one-vehicle crash sent a Jamestown man to University Hospital late Friday night.

The patrol reported Andrew T. Thompson, 17, Jamestown, was southbound on Missouri 87 in a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville, when he fell asleep and the car ran off the right side of the highway and struck a ditch.

The accident happened at 11:50 p.m., four-tenths of a mile south of the Brickhouse Road/Missouri 87 intersection, north of Jamestown in northern Moniteau County.

The patrol said Thompson was using a seat belt and was treated for minor injuries at the Columbia hospital.


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