BENTON COUNTY, Mo. –An accident in Benton County on Highway 52 injured a Versailles driver Monday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened at about 7:15 p.m. Monday on 52 Highway just west of Route A in Benton County when a motorcycle driven by 45-year-old John H. Stafford was traveling east on 52.

Stafford reportedly ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. Despite wearing a seat belt, Stafford was ejected from the bike in the collision.

Stafford was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.