BATES COUNTY, Mo. — A crash on Route U in Bates County sent a Rich Hill man to an area hospital early Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol responded to Route U, one-half mile south of County Road Southwest 9608 around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

A vehicle driven by Alan E. Clark, 18, was northbound on U when it ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

Clark’s vehicle then became airborne and overturned, coming to rest on its side.

Clark received minor injuries in the crash. He refused treatment at the scene.