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 July 4, 2018

Logging truck crash causes death

MILLER COUNTY An accident involving a truck carrying logs has resulted in the death of a West Virginia man.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Monday (June 25) around 2:00 p.m., a 2003 International semi-tractor, driven by Greg Mathis, 46, of Oak Ford Illinois, was hauling logs northbound on Highway 17, 600 feet north of Saline Road, when the truck crossed the centerline where it was struck by a 1994 Mack dump truck, driven by Jonathan Hensley, 35, of Clarksburg, MO.

The logs then became unsecured and fell onto the roadway where they first struck a 2000 Dodge Ram, driven by Alford Franklin, 76, of Harrison, West Virginia. The Dodge Ram was forced off the right side of the road where it struck a tree and a fence.

The logs then struck a 2018 Nissan Versa, driven by Seth Graves, 44, of Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Tim Bradley.

All the drivers were wearing their safety devices.

The semi-tractor received moderate damage and was driven from the scene. The dump truck and the Dodge Ram were totaled while the Nissan received minor damage. No other injuries were listed by the MSHP for the other drivers.

In other accidents last week:

A one-vehicle accident in Morgan County the next day (Tuesday) left a Gravois Mills man with minor injuries.

According to the MSHP, a 2001 Dodge 1500 pickup, driven by Brandon Hibdon, 17, was northbound on Highway 5 just south of Highway TT in Morgan County when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The truck received moderate damage. He was wearing a safety device.

Another single vehicle accident sent two men to the hospital on Wednesday, June 27.

The MSHP said that a 2002 Freightliner, driven by Shawn Auxier, 46, of Boonville, MO, was southbound on Highway 5 at Highway 50 at 12:05 p.m., when the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, traveled down an embankment before striking several trees.

Both Auxier and a passenger, Matthew Smith, 27, of Columbia, MO, received serious injuries. Auxier was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia while Smith was transported by Staff for Life to the same hospital. Both were wearing their safety devices. The Freightliner was totaled in the accident.

Later that same day (8:48 p.m.) in Miller County a motorcycle accident sent a man to the hospital.

According to the MSHP, a 2001 Suzuki Motorcycle, driven by Robert Clavier, 37, of Salem, MO, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree ejecting the driver.

Clavier was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by Miller County EMS with moderate injuries. He was wearing a safety device. The motorcycle was totaled.

Clavier was charged by the MSHP with the following:

1. C&I Driving Involving a Crash
2. Driving While Suspended 2nd
3. Resisting Arrest
4. Sell or Purchase Motor Vehicle Without Title
5. Failure to Register Motor Vehicle
6. No Insurance
7. No Motorcycle Endorsement
8. Displayed Plates of Another

He was eventually taken to the Miller County Jail.

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