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07-16-2008, 05:23 PM
Two People Die, Three in Critical Condition after I-64 Crash

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KSDK -- Charges have not been filed against the driver of a tractor-trailer who was involved in a multi-vehicle crash that left two people dead and injured 16 others.

The tractor-trailer was heading eastbound on Highway 40 near Mason Rd. when it crashed into several cars that were waiting to get on to I-270, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

"It was backed up like it always is at this time. And, the driver just ran over the cars," Sgt. Al Nothum said. Nothum said the investigation into what caused the crash was ongoing, but inattention by the tractor-trailer driver played a big part.

<LI itxtvisited="1">Charles "Keith" Cason, 55, of Caseyville, Illinois and Lydia Miller, 55, of Canton, Missouri died in the pile-up, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.


When I came in to work, I had a shock. I had seen in this morning's paper headlines about this crash. But I didn't read the fine print. The devil is always in the details.

Keith Cason worked with my company several times. He was a wonderful man, a good businessman, honest in his dealings with his clients, and the best of family men. He had a lovely wife and kids. They had attended several "Presidents Club" Sales Award trips with me.

He was someone that I always admired. He was a good Christian man without shoving his religion down your throat. He was an inspiration to me, that sales people can be good folk. Sometimes I get very disillusioned. He was active in is Lutheran Church and both sons served in the military, as had he.

May the angels guide you to heaven, my friend. You're certainly remembered here in our office today.

Space Gravy
07-16-2008, 08:17 PM
I'm sorry for your loss.

07-16-2008, 08:22 PM
Something like that really knocks the wind out of you - I know. My condolences to you.:(

07-16-2008, 08:44 PM
That is so sad. I'm sorry, SLW. :(

07-16-2008, 08:54 PM
Sorry to hear that.

07-16-2008, 09:42 PM
While his family will miss him dearly, from your description, it sounds as if the Saints are rejoicing at meeting him for the first time.

07-16-2008, 09:48 PM
I'm so sorry SLW. Schade had a co-worker die last week. So sad.

07-16-2008, 09:58 PM
Prayers for the dead and the living SLW. :(

07-17-2008, 01:02 AM
I'm so sorry, SLW. What a needless tragedy. Driver inattention. *sigh* So much these days to distract us from what we're supposed to be doing when driving multi-ton vehicles.

07-17-2008, 01:31 AM
Thanks everyone. We went to the Muny (Municipal) Opera this evening. I needed some beautiful music. It was a review of the last 90 years at the Muny, with everything from operettas from 1919 to the present (all Broadway type shows).

I really, really needed a distraction. Keith had been my friend. I found one of his old emails from a couple years ago still on my work computer. I'm very bad about cleaning out my emails.

What bothers me the most was we're in the same industry. He was a competitor, but working for a company that's very reputable.

What is even more worrisome, he was killed around 3pm yesterday, returning from a sales call. A gentleman that I have known for over 20 years had been with them. He is a vertical account computer specialist for equipment that works with Keith's and mine.
I can only imagine how he feels. They were driving together and had just changed cars, with each driving separately.

He's one of the good people. I'm sure he's with God now.

07-17-2008, 01:32 AM
I'm so sorry SLW. Schade had a co-worker die last week. So sad.

It's very scary when folks around your own age start dying. And I always wonder, why do the good people seem to get taken sooner? Why do bad things happen to good people? I guess there will never be an answer to those questions.

07-17-2008, 08:08 AM
It's never easy to say goodbye. And yet as people of faith, we can rest in the comfort that he is now in the loving arms of the Lord. My heartfelt sympathy to you and his loved ones.

07-17-2008, 09:07 AM
I am so sorry about your friend, SLW. In all the articles they mention what a greyt guy he was.

The story of the Amish woman involved is so tragic as well.

07-17-2008, 12:29 PM
I am so sorry about your friend, SLW. In all the articles they mention what a greyt guy he was.

The story of the Amish woman involved is so tragic as well.
Would you mind sending me any links to articles other than the one I posted? I was very upset today after reading the front page of our lib rag, the Post-Dispatch. They talked all about the Amish people, who were being driven from their home to attend a funeral, but the only mention they made in our paper about Keith was a quote from a neighbor who said they always saw him at wine tastings and what a greyt guy he is. But there was no mention of his family, his being killed on the way home from a business appointment, etc. The press just doesn't get it. Sigh.

07-17-2008, 02:09 PM
Truck driver is having 'breakdown,' says dad (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/0AA1224696280FD386257489001416E5?OpenDocument)
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Collinsville resident Geff Clenney, who has been a friend to Cason for about 15 years, said he spoke to Cason on Tuesday, a few hours before the crash.

"Knowing Keith, it's like you knew him your whole life," Clenney said. "We'd see each other at wine tastings or other (functions in town). He was one of those people who never met a stranger."