A Lawrence High School teacher is recovering at St. Louis University Hospital from injuries he received in a head-on collision Thursday in Collinsville, Ill.
David Platt, 44, a social studies teacher at LHS, was a passenger in a vehicle struck head-on when another vehicle crossed the median and went through a cable barrier on Interstate 55-70 about 4 p.m., according to a report from the Illinois State Police.
Matt Brungardt, LHS principal, said Platt’s injuries were not life-threatening but include several broken bones.
“He’s going to be fine,” Brungardt said. “He’s recovering nicely.”
The driver of the vehicle that crossed the median,16-year-old Bethany Budwell, was killed in the accident.
The Honda Civic Platt was a passenger in was driven by Corey Roelofs, 28, of Kansas City, Kan. Roelofs was also transported to St. Louis University Hospital, where he is in intensive care. However, no other information on his status was available.
Trooper Mike Link from the Illinois State Police said the accident is still under investigation, but he said alcohol or drugs are not suspected as contributing factors at this point.