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7/23/2013 9:54:00 AM
Police: Whatever hit Makeever was secured to train

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

It was an Iowa Interstate train that struck and injured an L-P teacher in his head early Saturday.
Matthew B. Makeever, 25, of 1007 Briarcrest Drive, Ottawa, a math teacher at La Salle-Peru Township High School, remained in critical condition today in St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, where he was transferred after first responders took him from the accident scene in the 100 block of First Street, La Salle.
There, Makeever allegedly approached the tracks to place a penny on the rail and was struck by what was subsequently revealed to be an Iowa Interstate train. The accident was reported at 1:45 a.m. Saturday outside Monari’s 101 Club, where Makeever had spent part of the evening with companions from Stage 212.
La Salle police said Makeever was unconscious and unable to answer questions, not least of which is what part of the train hit him. La Salle police investigations said it appeared Makeever was hit by a ladder or something fixed to the train — though evidence so far indicates that whatever struck Makeever was properly attached and that nothing arced out.
A spokesman for Iowa Interstate said the company was aware of the accident; but there was no immediate comment.
L-P officials said a substitute teacher had been retained to fill in for Makeever, who was teaching a summer school class, and that counseling would be made available to students in need.
Students in need of assistance are asked to contact Stephanie Jeanblanc, associate principal, at (815) 223-1721.
Stage 212 said it has lined up fill-in pianists to play in Makeever’s stead for its upcoming performances of “Grease.”

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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• UPDATE: L-P teacher remains critical after train accident

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous51045

Does a person have to have an education to know enough stay away from a moving train ? We all hopefully
have told our children when are they old enough to walk and understand to stay away from moving trains.

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