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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Worker from Rolla in boating accident dies

  • A bridge worker from Rolla who was involved in a boating accident Wednesday on the Missouri River has died from injuries he suffered in the incident.
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  • A bridge worker from Rolla who was involved in a boating accident Wednesday on the Missouri River has died from injuries he suffered in the incident.
    Rodney Allen "Rocky" Stumo, 51, passed away Thursday at a St. Louis area hospital a day after he was rescued from a johnboat that capsized after being struck by a barge near Florissant.
    A visitation for Stumo's family and friends will be held from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla.
    The accident was reported around 9:30 a.m. near a train trestle that crosses the river next to the Lewis Bridge, which carries U.S. Highway 67.
    According to the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department, Stumo, who was working for St. Louis Bridge Construction Co. on a trestle pier, was crossing the river on a johnboat but apparently did not hear or see an approaching towboat carrying barges despite the towboat operator sounding its horn.
    After the collision, the johnboat capsized and went under the barge with Stumo inside an enclosed area.
    Rescue workers in a boat were able to retrieve him and bring him to shore to begin CPR until EMS personnel arrived. The sheriff's department reported that Stumo had a slight pulse before being transported to a hospital. He was wearing a life jacket, according to the sheriff's department,
    The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the crash. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard's St. Louis office could not be reached by press time.
    An obituary, which is available HERE stated that Stumo was employed by Local 513 Engineering Union for the past 25 years. He is survived by a wife, Shirley Kirscher; his parents, Nelson and ElNora Stumo, of Goodell, Iowa; and other relatives and many friends.
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