Metro-East News

Cahokia water district employee injured in accident

An accident at Commonfields of Cahokia Public Water District left one of the its employees injured last week.

Byron Touchette, 36, of Belleville was rushed to St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. shortly after 8 a.m. Friday after he was pinned between the bumpers of two trucks.

He and a co-worker, James Haywood, 61, of Cahokia, were on the private property of Commonfields.

Touchette was standing behind Haywood’s truck with the rear bumper on his truck facing the rear bumper of Haywood’s truck, Cahokia Police Chief Lawrence Purcell said.

Purcell said police were dispatched to the business at 8:17 a.m. after receiving a call that reported an accident with injuries.

Haywood backed into Touchette and pinned him between the two bumpers, Purcell said. No tickets were issued.

Purcell said the police department has completed its investigation, and it appears to just have been an accident.

Haywood was driving a 2007 GMC, and Touchette was driving a 2000 GMC. Both vehicles are owned by Commonfields of Cahokia.

Dennis Traiteur, manager of the water district, said both men oversee maintenance of water and sewer for the district, and they were about to begin their daily routines on Friday when the accident occurred.

Traiteur said the matter is still being reviewed, but information gathered at this point leads city officials to believe it was an accident.

Haywood remains at work, where he has been an employee for 25 years. Touchette has worked at Commonfields of Cahokia for 12 years, according to Traiteur.

Neither Traiteur or Purcell could provide an update on Touchette’s medical status.

A spokesperson for St. Louis University Hospital could not be reached for comment.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.