An accident in rural Buchanan County, reported to involve high speed and six teenage boys, sent those four of those children to the hospital after their car crashed into a tree and overturned at the intersection of Southeast 32nd Road and Southeast Barnett Road.
The location of the accident was a few miles south of St. Joseph, and just west of Interstate 29. The incident occurred as a vehicle, driven by 17-year old Hayden Ellison of St. Joseph, was traveling eastbound, at “a high rate of speed”, on Barnett Road. The car crested a hilltop, went into the air, and traveled off the south side of the roadway. Ellison was forced to over-correct, sending the car to the north side of the road, where it hit a tree and overturned, ejecting 13-year old Lane Ellison of St. Joseph from the vehicle.
The car came to rest upside-down, facing north in a culvert. The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department and Buchanan County EMS.
Hayden Ellison, Lane Ellison, and two others had injuries described as moderate by the Highway Patrol. The two others moderately injured were identified as 16-year old Jacob Anderson of St. Joseph and 13 year old Kaden Anderson of St. Joseph. All four of those boys were transported, via ambulance, to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph. Two other passengers, 13-year old Jordan Anderson and 15-year old Bernard Eaton, both of St. Joseph, had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
The accident occurred at 8:19 on Thursday morning. Hayden Ellison and Lane Ellison were not wearing seat belts, while the four other boys were wearing their seat belts, according to the accident report.