Two Houston teenagers received serious injuries late Friday afternoon just east of their hometown.
Tpr. Marty Wiseman said Xavier Fowler, 16, was driving a westbound 2008 GMC Canyon that ran off Highway B about two miles east of Houston and struck a tree.
Various agencies responded to assist.
Fowler and a passenger, Kaleigh Ireland, 15, were rushed by ambulance to meet medical helicopters. Fowler is a patient at Mercy in Springfield; Ireland at Cox South. The patrol said neither was wearing a seat belt.
The vehicle was totaled. Relatives on Saturday were encouraged about recovery; although the victims sustained multiple injuries.
Assisting Wiseman was Cpl. Justin Piccinino of the patrol.