The man who is credited with being the driving force behind a 911 service for Taney County has died in a bizarre accident in Lake Taneycomo.
Branson police received a 911 call on Wednesday, May 5, that a car had driven into Lake Taneycomo off River Valley Road.
First responders arrived at the scene and saw a vehicle in the lake, which had somehow wedged under a private dock. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the dam’s floodgates to slow the water so it would be safe for emergency personnel. The rescue personnel removed a male victim from the car and attempted life saving measures but he victim was declared dead at Cox Hospital Branson.
The Taney County Coroner said the victim is 87-year-old David Woolery of Branson. Woolery was the first Taney County 911 Administrator.
The accident is still under investigation.