Dennis Portell seriously hurt in crash near Highway 21

6:00 AM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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Rural Washington County (KSDK) - A man who was thrown from the wreckage of his overturned car is hospitalized in St. Louis this morning in serious condition.

Troopers with the Missouri Highway Patrol say 26 year old Dennis Portell of Cadet was eastbound on State Route E east of Highway 21 in Washington County around 11:30 Wednesday night when the crash occurred.

Investigators say Portell lost control of his pick-up truck, went off the right side of the road where he overcorrected and sent the truck off the left side of the pavement.

The truck then hit an embankment, flipping the pick-up over and ejecting Portell who was not wearing a seat belt.

Portell was airlifted from the crash scene to Mercy Hospital.

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