Man seriously hurt in boat crash on eastern Missouri river

The Meramec River flows through Castlewood State Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

WASHINGTON, Mo. — Authorities say one man has been hurt in a boat crash on the Meramec River in eastern Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the crash happened Saturday evening when a boat made a sudden turn to avoid a gravel bar in Franklin County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a nearby boat couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting the vessel. The collision sent 31-year-old Jared Benson, of St. Clair, to a hospital with serious injuries.

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