June 6, 2008

Several Hurt As Pickup Crashes, Burns in Calhoun County

By Maggie Borman, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.

Jun. 6--BRUSSELS -- A Hardin man and four teenagers were hurt in a one-vehicle accident Thursday night when a pickup swerved to miss a deer, struck a tree and caught fire.

Calhoun County sheriff's deputy Mike Angel said he was paged out at 10:34 p.m.

Angel said when he arrived on the scene at 10:45 p.m., he saw a Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck fully engulfed in flames on Main Street in Brussels.

He said six people had been in the extended cab pick up truck eastbound on Main Street when driver Christopher Cecil, 21, of Hardin, swerved to miss a deer, and struck a tree.

Cecil was flown by ARCH Air Medical Services, Inc. helicopter to a St. Louis hospital.

The passengers included a juvenile (Angel declined to state the age or sex of the juvenile), Jason Sagez, 19, Cole Sibley, 19, Joshua Dawdy, 19, and Todd Eickmeyer, 19, all of Hardin.

Angel said two of the teens were taken to Jersey Community Hospital by ambulance, and three refused medical treatment on scene.

Point Volunteer Fire Department was on scene and put out the vehicle fire and assisted with the victims.

Angel was not aware of which hospital Cecil had been taken to in St. Louis. Calls to the various hospitals were not returned.

Jersey Community Hospital, due to patient privacy laws does not release patient information.

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