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Two men from Tebbetts, Russellville killed in Osage River boating accident

Sunday, September 4, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. CDT; updated 6:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 5, 2011

Two men were killed Saturday night in a boating accident on the Osage River near the Bonnots Mill Access, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's boat and drowning incident report.

Curtis Libbert, 33, of Tebbetts, and Alvin Blackford, 46, of Russellville, were killed when a boat driven by Christopher Winkler, 33, of Jefferson City, struck the bow of Libbert's boat and then proceeded to travel over that boat and the boat Blackford was in, both of which were still tied to the dock, the report said.

According to the report, Winkler sustained minor injuries. Mindy Campbell, 28, of Ashland, was riding with Blackford and sustained moderate injuries. Robert Schoebinger, 26, of Linn, and Sean Veit, 39, of Lohman, also rode with Blackford and have serious injuries. The report said all four were taken to St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance.

Libbert and Blackford were pronounced dead on the scene by the Osage County  coroner after a water recovery and taken to Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Next of kin have been notified, the report said.


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