Mary A Williams-Simms of St Louis, Missouri was injured on Friday, December 29th 2017 at 2:35 am in Lewis County, Missouri. Williams-Simms is a 56-year-old woman.
The crash happened here: 3 miles north of Canton Off of US 61.
In the crash, Williams-Simms was a driver. The police described the crash like this:
VEHICLE 1 [THE 2004 FORD EXPEDITION DRIVEN BY MARY WILLIAMS-SIMMS] WAS NORTHBOUND ON US 61 TRAVELED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY AND VAULTED OVER THE TRAIN TRACKS. VEHICLE 1 [THE 2004 FORD EXPEDITION DRIVEN BY MARY WILLIAMS-SIMMS] ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE TRACKS BECAME STUCK AND WAS STRUCK BY THE TRAIN. THE ACCIDENT DID NOT OCCUR AT A CROSSING SO NO SIGNAL DEVICE WAS USED. ASSISTED BY CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, LEWIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, AND LEWIS COUNTY RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT
Williams-Simms's injuries were moderate. Williams-Simms was taken by Lewis County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Il.
The police said the damage to the 2004 Ford Expedition driven by Mary Williams-Simms was total. It was removed by Roberts Garage in Durham. The damage to the 1965 Electromotive Train driven by David Barron was minor.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Master Sergeant Cerroni of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 170821195 to this crash. The highway patrol charges $5.75 for each certified report (certification required for court). But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. The highway patrol is currently backlogged and they state on their website that you will have to wait 10 days and may have to wait an "extended period of time" beyond that for the report. Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted or blacked out.
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Williams-Simms may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, injured people can recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, and for their pain and suffering—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Williams-Simms to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claim, which will help with the recovery. For more information watch How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of the Little Guy.
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