Fairview Heights man seriously injured in Missouri car crash

A Fairview Heights man was airlifted to the University of Columbia Medical Center after a car wreck on Monday.

Paul Dietrich, 71, was driving on U.S. Route 63 about five miles outside of Rolla, Missouri, when he failed to negotiate a turn and drove into a telephone pole, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at 10:30 a.m., and it left him in serious condition. He was airlifted to the nearby MU Healthcare-University Hospital in Columbia, which was 100 miles away, the highway patrol reported.

His current condition at the hospital is unknown.