Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Dadeville R-2 superintendent killed, two teens suffer serious injuries in head-on crash

Dadeville R-2 Superintendent Matthew Bushey was killed and two Bolivar teens injured in a two-vehicle collision 7:16 a.m. today on Route T, two miles southwest of Bolivar.

Bushey, 48, Bolivar, was headed to Dadeville for the first day of school when the accident occurred.

The district posted the following announcement on its website:

Dear Dadeville School families, 

It is with heavy hearts that I share with you the passing of Superintendent Matt Bushey. Dr. Bushey was lost in an automobile accident this morning just prior to the school day. 

As you know, this is the first day of school and we understand the emotions that our staff and students are feeling. Counselors have been on hand today and will be in future days for those who need assistance. 

The Board of Education members, staff and I grieve his passing and ask that you join us with thoughts and prayers for his family. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Respectfully, Cassy Farmer, Principal,
Josh Worthington, School Board President

The crash occurred when a 1999 Ford F150 driven by a 16-year-old Bolivar boy crossed the center line and struck the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta Bushey was driving head on.

Polk County Deputy Coroner Whitney Burlison pronounced Bushey dead at the scene at 8:05 a.m.

The 16-year-old was airlifted to Mercy Springfield with serious injuries.

A passenger in his vehicle, a 17-year-old Bolivar boy was treated for serious injuries at Cox South Hospital, Springfield.

The fatality was the 80th this year for Highway Patrol Troop D.


Anonymous said...

What a tragedy. My heart goes out to all concerned.

Anonymous said...

So Sad - - Not for sure why the Teens Vehicle crossed line, but we have to Teach all Teens that when you are Driving a Vehicle - You must be Responsible - No Texting, Flipping Radio Dials, or not Focusing your Eyes on the Lane you are Driving in.