Pulaski County Head-on Crash Proves Fatal for All Parties

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Head-on crash on MO 28 results in death for all three individuals involved.

On November 18, 2011 at approximately 9:22 p.m., 24 year old James Stewart of Dixon, Missouri was operating a 1997 Acura traveling southbound on MO 28, about 5 miles south of Dixon. Stewart had no passengers at the time. At that said time and place, 26 year old Bradley Shackleford of Dixon, Missouri was operating a 2004 Ford Mustang traveling northbound on MO 28. Shackleford’s vehicle was occupied by himself and 26 year old passenger, Chad McMeekan of Dixon, Missouri.

Shackleford crossed the center line and struck Stewart nearly head-on. Shackleford’s vehicle traveled off the east side of the roadway, overturned several times, and came to a rest in a field where it caught fire. Stewart’s vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway, and also caught fire.

Driver James Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Pulaski County Coroner Mikel Hartness at 10:28 p.m. and was taken to Long-Kloepple Funeral Home in Dixon, Missouri. The at-fault driver, Bradley Shackleford, was also pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Pulaski County Coroner Mike Hartness at 10:27 p.m. and was taken to Long-Kloepple Funeral Home in Dixon, Missouri. Shackleford’s passenger, Chad McMeekan, was air lifted by St. John’s Lifeline to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. by Dr. Wanek. It is unknown whether any of the individuals involved in this crash were wearing their safety devices.

Both vehicles involved sustained total damage in the crash and were towed from the scene by Jack’s Wrecker Service. It is unknown whether either driver possessed insurance coverage for their vehicle at the time of the crash.

This crash was investigated by Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Darryl Suhr and was assisted by Cpl. Steven Cunningham both of Troop I. This was Troop I’s 34th fatality crash for the year of 2011.

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