On September 17, 2012 at approximately 3:40 p.m., Michael Buford, age 30 and from Ellington, Missouri was operating a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle. Michael Buford was traveling in the westbound direction on Missouri Route Y, 2 miles west of Ellington, Missouri. Deann Spencer, age 47 and from Ellington, Missouri was operating a 2005 International school bus. Deann was traveling in the eastbound direction on Missouri Route Y.
At that said time and place, Deann was traveling in the eastbound direction while Michael was traveling in the westbound direction, both were on Missouri Route Y. The crash occurred when Michael’s motorcycle crossed the center line and collided with the oncoming school bus head-on.
Michael Buford was pronounced dead at the crash scene along Missouri Route Y, just west of his hometown. Reynold County coroner, Tom Scout, pronounced Michael’s fatality and transported his body to McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington, Missouri. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Deann Spencer was not injured and was the only person on the bus at the time of the crash.
Michael Buford’s 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle received moderate damages and was towed by Hill’s Metals & Motors of Ellington. Deann Spencer’s 2005 International school bus did not receive any damages due to the collision.
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