Two fatalities in weekend wrecks near Columbia

Monday, February 24, 2014 | 3:24 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Two people were killed in separate single-car accidents that occurred west of Columbia over the weekend.

Clyde Tobel, 66, was fatally injured when he crashed his 1989 Buick Skylark during a pursuit with the Boonville Police Department while traveling westbound on Old U.S. 40 at 9:26 a.m. Saturday, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report.

The Boonville resident’s vehicle went off the road once before it returned back to the roadway and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road. The Skylark went airborne and eventually crashed into a fence and a telephone pole, the report said.

Tobel was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the wreck and was pronounced dead at 9:41 a.m. by Cooper County Coroner James Hurt, the report said.

On Sunday, Joe Daniel of Prairie Home was fatally injured when his 2008 Ford E350 van struck a utility pole while traveling southbound on Missouri 87 at 4 p.m., according to a Highway Patrol accident report.

Daniel, 55, was 5 miles south of Boonville when his van veered off the side of the roadway. The report said Daniel then overcorrected, causing the van to run off the left side of the road where it struck an embankment, overturned and hit a utility pole.

Hurt pronounced Daniel dead at 4:19 p.m.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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