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Two Imperial men were injured Friday morning (May 15) in a two-vehicle accident on Old Lemay Ferry Road at Black Oak Drive in Imperial, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

At 6:45 a.m., Elijah J. Lewis, 18, of Imperial was driving a 2018 Kia Optima north on Old Lemay Ferry Road, crossed the center line, and the car struck a southbound pickup head-on. Jason J. Balsman, 45, of Imperial was driving the pickup, a 2018 GMC Sierra, the report said.

Lewis was seriously hurt, and Balsman had minor injuries. Both men were taken by Rock Township Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County.

Lewis was not wearing a seat belt, and Balsman was wearing one, the patrol reported.

The two vehicles were totaled, the report said..

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