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Frankford teen killed in farm accident

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

A Frankford teen was killed following a farming accident Monday evening after he fell off the tractor he was driving and was subsequently run over by a trailer pulled by the tractor.

The accident occured at 4:24 p.m. Monday on Salem Road, just over one mile north of Mark Twain Road in Ralls County.

Michael A. Steele, 15, of Frankford, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:33 p.m. by Ralls County Coroner Denise Goodwin. Bowling Green’s Mudd-Veach Funeral Home is handling the initial arrangements.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B reports Steele was driving a 1954 International farm tractor south on Salem Road the accident occured.

Troop B was assisted by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and the Center Fire Department.

According to the Highway Patrol’s report, this is the seventh fatal traffic accident in Troop B’s 16-county jurisdiction for 2013.