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Teen seriously injured in late-night wreck

A Jefferson County teenager was injured in a one vehicle accident Saturday night on Route E east of Bent Road in Washington County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 16-year-old Hannah Portell, of Herculaneum, was heading westbound on Route E when she attempted to pass another car. That’s when Portell lost control, overcorrected, then traveled off the right side of the road before striking a telephone pole.

According to the patrol, Portell was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was taken by Air Evac to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

Korey Johnson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3616 or 

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