Four injured in Phelps County crash

Four people are injured, two seriously, after an early morning crash near Rolla.

Four people are in the hospital, two with serious injuries, after a crash near Rolla early Sunday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Thomas M. Rector, 33, of Licking, was driving on County Road 5010 three miles south of Rolla when he went off the right side of the roadway while going around a curve. His car hit a wooden post and several trees. Rector was airlifted to University Hospital with serious injuries. His three passengers were also hospitalized. Benjamin Christenson, 39, of Rolla, was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur with serious injuries. Eldridge resident Christian Thomas, 20, was ejected from the car but only sustained moderate injuries. A fourth passenger, Amy Frederich, 25, of Licking, was slightly injured.

All the passengers except Thomas were wearing seat belts.