Motorists killed in Barry County crashes

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A retired Barry County judge died of injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 6:24 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, in Monett at the intersection of Highways 37 and 60.

According to the Monett Police Department, W. Dale Burke, 75, of Monett, was driving a westbound car that struck a southbound tractor-trailer that had stopped in a turning lane from behind. The truck driver was not injured.

Other crashes

* An Aurora man is dead following a head-on collision on Highway Z about five miles east of Monett. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 7:50 a.m. on Friday when the driver of a 1996 Ford Mustang, Clifford L. Woolman, 26, of Aurora, crossed the center line and struck a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Leann J. Steele, 42, of Crane, nearly head on. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Charles McManus. The body was taken to Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Steele was taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. Woolman was not wearing a seat belt; Steele was. This is Troop D's 54th fatal accident of the year.

* A Cassville woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:38 p.m. on Highway 37 about one mile west of Butterfield. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2010 GMC, Misty A. Kester, 25, of Salina, Okla., drove into the path of a 2005 Hyundai, driven by Shawna R. Oltjenbruns, 38, of Cassville. Oltjenbruns was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers, Ark., with minor injuries.

* Two people were injured in area wrecks that occurred on Thursday in Barry County. A 12-year-old Purdy boy was injured in a crash that occurred at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday on Highway B about two miles west of Purdy. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2005 Suzuki RM110 motorcycle, Garrett W. Bennett, 12, of Purdy, crossed the road in front of a 2012 Ford Escape, driven by David R. Shockley, 60, of Wheaton, and was hit broadside. Bennett was taken by ambulance to Cox Hospital South in Springfield with moderate injuries. Shockley was wearing a seat belt.

* A two-car crash on Monday resulted in no visible injuries to either driver. The crash occurred at 10 a.m. on Highway 37 about one-half mile west of Cassville. The crash occurred when the driver of a 2010 Kia Optima, Carolyn S. Skinner, 65, of Cassville, had slowed to make a right turn and was struck from behind by a 2006 Ford F250, driven by Christopher K. Shultz, 28, of Galesburg, Kan.,

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