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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – One person is dead after an accident Thursday evening in Jefferson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report, the accident happened at 6:32 p.m. along southbound Interstate 55 at mile marker 171.5.

The report says 45-year-old Woodrow J. Hochthurn of De Soto was driving in the right lane when it hydroplaned, traveled off the right side of the road and down an embankment, hit two large rocks, and overturned.

Hochthurn was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital Jefferson two hours later.

A 21-year-old De Soto man was also in the car. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Anthony's Medical Center.

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