A retired Barry County judge died of injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night in Monett, authorities said.
W. Dale Burke, 75, was taken to Cox Monett Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after the accident at 6:24 p.m. at state highways 37 and 60.
According to the Monett Police Department, Burke was driving a westbound car that struck the rear of a southbound tractor-trailer that had stopped in a turning lane. The truck driver escaped injury.
Burke was a former associate circuit court judge in Barry County, and a former municipal judge and city attorney in Monett.
• A Cassville resident was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 3:38 p.m. Thursday on Missouri Highway 37, a mile west of Butterfield in Barry County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Shawna R. Oltjenbruns, 38, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rogers, Ark., the patrol said.
Oltjenbruns was driving a southbound car that collided with a westbound vehicle driven by Misty A. Kester, 35, of Salina, Okla., when Kester turned into Oltjenbruns’ path, the patrol said.
• An Oklahoma woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 2:10 p.m. Thursday on Missouri Highway 59, six miles east of Neosho in Newton County, the state patrol said.
Caroline R. Wickham, 73, of Sapulpa, was taken to Freeman Neosho Hospital in Neosho, the patrol said.
Wickham was driving a northbound vehicle that collided with a southbound truck rig driven by James H. Beach, 67, of Greenfield, when Beach made a left turn into Wickham’s path, the patrol said.
• A Seneca man suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle accident at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on Crow Road, four miles north of Seneca in Newton County, the state patrol said.
Shawn D. Rodrock, 36, was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, the patrol said.
Rodrock was driving a northbound all-terrain vehicle that struck a dog in the roadway and overturned, the patrol said.
• Two people were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 11:50 a.m. Thursday on Duquesne Road, a half-mile south of Joplin in Newton County, the state patrol said.
The driver, Shannon E. Cones, 43, and her passenger, Angela C. Wyrick, 42, both of Joplin, were taken to Freeman Hospital West, the patrol said.
The southbound car ran off the road on a curve and overturned, the patrol said.
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