MILLER COUNTY, Missouri- An accident early this morning claimed the life of Thomas W. Barnes, 55, of Eldon.  Barnes is the former fire chief in Lake Ozark. The single vehicle accident happened  south of Aurora Springs.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says he was driving on VFW Road  and ran off the left side of the roadway north of Witt Road. The Infiniti I30 struck a fence and several fence posts and then overturned coming to rest on its top.

Barnes was pronounced deceased at the scene by Miller County Coroner Tim Bradley at 3:54 a.m. He was not wearing a seatbelt according to the report.

Trooper Malone responded at 2:09 a.m.