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TRAIN/TRUCK ACCIDENT MONDAY SENT DRIVER TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:07 am

by Kris Richards

On Monday morning, August 19th,  Tony Courtois was driving a dumptruck from his home on Northoak Road just off Highway 8 East of Potosi when his truck was struck by an Amtrak Train.

The first call for the accident was reported at 6:25 a.m. to Emergency Services and First Responders. The responders arrived on the scene to find Mr. Courtois on the ground and the train stopped just passed the accident.

The accident happened at what probably would be considered a private crossing to the Courtois property. The crossing is a gravel road with a timbered crossing base. The site line at the crossing is limited with a curve on the Eastern side.

Responders said that Courtois was alert and able to respond to questions as he was treated on scene. He was taken to Washington County Memorial Hospital initially and then flown to St. Louis University Hospital.

Mr. Courtois’ wife put on social media a request for prayer and that they were going to St. Louis where he would be further evaluated with a brain bleed causing the most concern at that time.

The engineer of the train stated he saw the truck with no time to stop the locomotive in the distance. He did say that he was sure that Mr. Courtois saw the train and put the truck in reverse, trying to get off the crossing. The engineer went on to say that in his opinion Mr. Courtois quick action to try to back up probably saved his life as the train would have hit the dump truck center on the cab had he not moved in time.

The Amtrak train was carrying approximately 140 passengers at the time of the incident. The train was traveling from Texas to Illinois.

Responding to the accident were the Potosi Fire Protection District, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Washington County Ambulance District.

Mr. Courtois was reported to have suffered broken ribs, multiple facial fractures, two brain bleeds and other injuries that were being treated and assessed by the afternoon in St. Louis.

The Courtois family appreciates the continued prayer for Tony and the family and expressed their thanks to everyone who helped during the accident.

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