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A 68-year-old Dittmer man was killed in a one-vehicle traffic accident early Sunday (July 18) on Hwy. 30 in the Oermann area.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Randy McDowell was driving a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria west on Hwy. 30 at West Forest Hills Drive at 3 a.m. when he drove off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:34 a.m. by emergency personnel, the report said.

McDowell was not wearing a safety belt, the report said. The vehicle was totaled in the crash.