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Two men and a child were injured early this morning (May 15) in a one-vehicle accident involving an ambulance on I-55 north of Hwy. 61 and south of Crystal City, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

The ambulance was transporting a patient when it crashed, said Cpl. Juston Wheetley of the highway patrol

At 1:35 a.m., Tyler W. Cummins, 24, of Chaffee was driving a Stoddard County Ambulance north on the interstate and ran off the left side of the road before the vehicle returned to the road and then skidded off the right side, where it struck a rock bluff and overturned, the report said.

Cummins and two passengers in the ambulance – Jacob S. Klein, 28, of Cape Girardeau and a 10-year-old boy with no hometown listed – were moderately injured and taken by Joachim-Plattin Ambulance to area hospitals. The two men were taken to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, and the boy was taken to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, according to the report.

Cummins was treated and released, and Klein was transferred to Mercy St. Louis in Creve Coeur, where he was listed in good condition this afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

No information about the juvenile's condition was available.

All three were using seat belts or other safety devices, the patrol reported.

The ambulance was totaled, the report said.