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Donations sought to help teen hit by train near Highland

Ana Cantrell, 19, of Pierron (inset) has been hospitalized since her car struck by a train at an unmarked, private crossing near Highland on May 3.
Ana Cantrell, 19, of Pierron (inset) has been hospitalized since her car struck by a train at an unmarked, private crossing near Highland on May 3.

The family of a Pierron teen involved in a train/car collision is seeking donations to help pay for her accruing medical bills.

Ana Cantrell, 19, a 2016 Highland High School graduate, was driving her four-door Suzuki sedan around 8:30 a.m. May 3 when it was struck by a CSX train at a private, unmarked crossing on Farmlane Road near Highland. The car was broadsided and wrapped around the front of the train. It was pushed taken  1/4 of a mile down the tracks before the train stopped. After about 30 minutes. the car was removed from the front of the train and Cantrell was extracted from the car. She has been hospitalized since and her road to recovery is expected to be a long one.

“Ana had no health (insurance) at the time of the accident. She is still in the hospital and will soon be going to a rehabilitation facility and eventually home. She will need months of physical therapy, occupational therapy and probably speech therapy,” letter given to the Highland News Leader by the Cantrell-Romero family said.

The letter states that anyone wanting to help with Cantrell’s medical expenses can make a donation to a trust that has been set up at First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, 12616 Illinois Route 143 in Highland.

“Any donations to assist the family for medical expenses for Ana would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all that make a donation,” the letter reads.

The family also wanted to thank all of the emergency responders who helped Cantrell after the accident.

“We would like to thank all of the firemen, police, EMS and everyone else that helped with the accident on May 3 on Farmlane Road,” the family wrote in its letter. “We sincerely thank you for keeping our daughter safe and getting her to the hospital. We would also like to thank all of the hospital staff that took care of her and got her stabilized for transfer.”

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