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A 33-year-old Crystal City man was arrested for alleged possession of fentanyl late Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 17) following a two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 61-67 north of Imperial Main Street, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

At 2:35 p.m., Stephen N. Rogers, 58, of O’Fallon was driving a southbound 2019 Freightliner Cascadia on the highway and stopped at a red light, and then the Crystal City man, who was driving a southbound 1993 Mercury Cougar, “was inattentive,” and the front of the car struck the rear of the unit the big rig was towing, the report said.

No injuries were reported for Rogers.

However, the Crystal City man was moderately injured and taken by Rock Township Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Rogers was wearing a seat belt, and the Crystal City man was not wearing one, the patrol reported.

The Cougar was totaled, and the big rig had minor damage, the report said.

The highway patrol arrested the Crystal City man for alleged possession of a controlled substance at about 4:30 p.m. at the hospital, the report said.

The man’s name will not be published unless charges are filed against him, and as of this afternoon (Nov. 18), none had been filed.

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