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  • Fatal heart attack causes accident on Osage River Bridge

  • A Lebanon man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about 3:47 p.m. Thursday on the Osage River Bridge northeast of Lake Ozark, according to the Lake Ozark Police Department.
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  • A Lebanon man was killed in a one-vehicle accident about 3:47 p.m. Thursday on the Osage River Bridge northeast of Lake Ozark, according to the Lake Ozark Police Department.
    Pronounced dead at the scene was Charles Owen West, 75, driver of a 2005 Buick LeSabre.
    A Lake Ozark Police Department report indicates West was westbound on Highway 54 at the Osage River Bridge when he sideswiped both sides of the bridge, then hit a guard rail before crossing both lanes of eastbound Highway 54 before going down a steep embankment and coming to rest in a creek next to Riverview RV Campground.
    A Lake Ozark police officer observed the incident and immediately attempted to render aid until the arrival of the Lake Ozark Fire Department.
    The driver and sole occupant of the Buick and was pronounced dead at the scene by Miller County Coroner Richard Callahan. The body was taken to Hedges Funeral Home in Osage Beach.
    Based on the scene investigation and the coroner's inquest, the crash was a result of a sudden death via an apparent heart attack of the driver prior to the crash chain of events.
    No one else was affected in this incident. Road blockage was minimal and there were no traffic delays.
    The crash was investigated by the Lake Ozark Police Department Traffic Unit and the Miller County Coroner's Office, with assistance from the Lake Ozark Fire Department/EMS and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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