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Lawrence High School social studies teacher injured in accident east of St. Louis

May 27, 2011

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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.

Comments

oletimer 2 years, 10 months ago

THE CAR WENT THROUGH THE CABLE BARRIER. Nuff said about that. Hey Eudora and everyone else on the bandwagon. Still think the barriers are needed? I don't. Like a great comedian once said. You can't fix stupid. Driver training and skill are the best ways to not have an accident. Until that happens, death and injury will continue.

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anothermother 2 years, 10 months ago

David Platt is not only one of the best teachers I have ever met, but also one of the finest human beings. Sending wishes of health and recovery your way, David.

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Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Platt is a great asset to LHS and to Lawrence. One teacher that you would be hard pressed to find a student or parent say any negative about. Speedy recovery Mr. Platt!

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Alfred_W 2 years, 10 months ago

Speedy recovery to Platt and Roelofs, and condolences to the girl's family.

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SWJayhawk13 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm so glad that Mr. Platt is okay! He was a great teacher, always made class interesting. My thoughts go out to the family of the 16-year-old girl though.

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rlmtyco 2 years, 10 months ago

Glad to see Coach Platt is doing okay, its a shame about the 16 yr old female.

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motoadventure 2 years, 10 months ago

It's incredibly sad when things like this happen, and I wish for both of them to have a quick recovery. It's good to see that crumple zones on new cars can do their job when needed.

If you look at the pictures from KMOV, the cable barrier was intact and appeared to have done little to slow her car. Goes to show that there will always be 'freak' accidents. I feel for her family, having lost someone just as they were coming of age for such a silly reason.

Dare I say the real culprit in these 'freak' accidents (this one and others closer to home) might be distracted/impaired driving?

Nah, it was that cable barrier for sure. It needed to be 10' tall... [/sarcasm]

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thebigspoon 2 years, 10 months ago

Glad that David is going to be okay. So much for the cable barrier theory...

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js02 2 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Platt and Corey~ Please make a speedy recovery and get home safely!!! It's awful that the 16 year old died... my thoughts are with the families of all involved in this horrific accident. Platt was one of my favorite teachers and he's an amazing person.

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bigpimpin 2 years, 10 months ago

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buckjennings 2 years, 10 months ago

So, does anyone want to argue with me that cable barriers are going to be more effective than driver training and more rigorous law enforcement? It's just a placebo that everyone assumes is going to save them.

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buckjennings 2 years, 10 months ago

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JulieCRea 2 years, 10 months ago

It is a blessing that he did not receive life-threatening injuries. He's a great person and the greater LHS community sends their prayers for a speedy recovery. I hope the driver Corey will also be okay as well.

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JulieCRea 2 years, 10 months ago

It is a blessing that he did not receive life-threatening injuries. He's a great person and the greater LHS community sends their prayers for a speedy recovery.

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MISTERTibbs 2 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how fast you have to be going in order to go through, or over, those cable barriers.

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gsxr600 2 years, 10 months ago

Awful news. Hoping for Platt's speedy recovery, seriously one of the best teachers I've had.

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roggy 2 years, 10 months ago

Glad that Platt and Corey are going to be ok. KMOVTV website has pictures of the accident posted on their website. Their article says the family of the girl that crossed over the median and died, might have been texting. So incredibly sad!!!

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