Blue Eye Man Killed in Taney County Vehicle Crash

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by Tim Church


RIDGEDALE, Mo. – A man from Blue Eye is killed in a single vehicle crash Wednesday night, one mile north of Ridgedale in Taney County.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 57-year-old Michael Clarke was traveling southbound on Ridgedale Road at 10:22 p.m., when he traveled off of the right edge of the roadway, returned to the roadway, began skidding and slid off of the left edge of the roadway. Clarke’s vehicle then traveled down an embankment and struck two trees head-on.

Clarke was pronounced dead by Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy at the scene. He was transported to Cremation of the Ozarks in Hollister.

According to the online crash report, Clarke was not wearing his seatbelt. Troop D reports this accident as its 2nd fatality crash of 2018.