The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.


Published May 27, 2020

Three dead in two separate lake area accidents

Editor’s note: The accident statistics for the Memorial Day time period were not available at press time and should be in next week’s edition.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A head-on collision has killed two people from the lake area and, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) neither was wearing a safety device.

On Saturday May 16 at 10:22 p.m. on Highway 42 east of Hawkins Cemetery Road, a westbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by John Surface, 28, of Camdenton, MO, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2003 Ford Explorer, driven by Elizabeth Goewey, 44 of Iberia, MO head-on.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Tim Bradley.

The MSHP said neither was wearing a safety device. This was Troop F’s first and second fatality for the month of May.

The next day another fatality, this one in Morgan County, claimed the life of a Sedalia man.

According to the MSHP, at 4:34 p.m. on Highway 5 just north of Railroad Line, a 2016 Ford Escape, driven by Dustin Dillon, 44, of Sedalia, MO, was northbound when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a stop sign and a concrete bluff and then caught fire.

Dillon was pronounced dead at the scene by Morgan County Coroner M.B. Jones. It was unknown if Dillon was wearing a safety device.

On Wednesday May 20, a Russellville MO man received serious injuries in a one-vehicle accident in Miller County.

At 9:36 p.m. on Route AA south of Old Bass Road, a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Marvin Buthold, 86, of Russellville, MO, crossed the center of the road where it traveled off the left side of the roadway and impacted a fence.

The vehicle continued traveling through a field where it struck several trees and came to a stop in a creek.

Buthold was flown by Mercy Air to University Hospital with serious injuries. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

In other accidents last week in the lake area:

A two-vehicle accident in Camden County sent three people to the hospital.

On Monday May 18 at 10:25 a.m., a 2007 Chevrolet HHR, driven by Emmanuelle Burlage, 38, of St. Louis, MO, was westbound at Irontown Drive at Atla Drive when the MSHP said she failed to yield to an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet 2500, driven by Jason Cline, 43, of Climax Springs, MO and pulled into the path of the vehicle.

Emmanuelle Burlage and two passengers, Shannon Burlage, 40, of St. Louis, MO and Matthew Temares, 40, also of St. Louis, MO, received minor injuries and were taken to Lake Regional Hospital by Ambulance.

The MSHP stated that all involved in the accident were wearing their safety devices. Both vehicles received extensive damage.

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