Heidi and Megan in deadly head-on collision…
Due to the overwhelming inquiries through social media and texting, I’m going to thank you here for reaching out. Please understand that I’m not able to respond to everybody, my Facebook activity is off the charts. This site will be the place for updates.
Here’s what happened today:
Heidi and Megan were in a head-on collision this morning a few miles North of Appleton. They were on their way to meet family in Wausau for our Thanksgiving Celebration. Erin and I were already in Wausau when I received the news that Heidi and Megan were in a serious accident resulting in one fatality (the other driver) and a variety of injuries to Heidi and Meg. Both of them were conscious and trapped in the van. Megan was removed rather quickly with jaws of life and transported immediately to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, a Level II trauma center. The jaws were also used to extradite Heidi but it took considerably longer due to the crash and her injuries. She also was transported to the same facility and arrived about an hour later. The medical helicopter was unable to fly to the scene due to heavy fog.
Before I continue, I must acknowledge the fine work of the emergency personnel who responded. The witnesses and volunteers at the scene, paramedics, first responders, police officers, fire fighters, ER staff, nurses, doctors, and social workers were awesome and played a huge part in my family be well cared for…THANK YOU!
Megan was released from ER around Noon today with relatively minor injuries considering the severity of the impact. Heidi has sustained more serious injuries including a broken clavicle, bruised lung, numerous lacerations on her hands, arms, legs and feet, and most seriously a dislocated and broken hip/pelvis.
Heidi underwent surgery this afternoon to address a dislocated hip and tend to other injuries, stitches, etc. Her leg has a pin in it and it’s in traction to keep the hip in place. She continues to wear a collar around her neck to make sure she is safe from neck and spinal injuries. She will undergo another surgery on Monday, or sooner, for continued repairs of her broken hip/pelvis.
Megan is recovering at the Whellam’s house (sister Andi and her husband Andrew) in Wausau and Heidi is stable and resting in the hospital tonight. Megan will be very sore as she heals and Heidi will have a long road ahead with lots of rehab and healing to deal with. This is the physical part…there will be a lot of emotional healing to take place for all of us.
The driver of the oncoming vehicle that crossed the centerline and hit us died at the scene. We have been told that he was a 23 year old man who had his license revoked and he was driving his girlfriend’s truck. Obviously, this will create some difficulties as we move forward with the loss of a vehicle and mounting medical costs. We are aware that his family has been affected in a tragic way as a result of this accident, this is most unfortunate.
With that said, we are so grateful for life today. It is fragile, short, and precious. Events like this, while tragic and difficult, are reminders of God’s grace, mercy, and generosity. I love my family. I still have a wife and youngest daughter even after a deadly head-on collision at highway speed. We have a great family who supports us and an incredible network of friends anxiously waiting to hear that we are all OK.
Here’s how you can help…continue to pray for:
- our emotional and physical healing and specifically for Heidi with a long haul ahead of her
- wisdom and provision as we have recently entered a new chapter of life with another career change
- the process of insurance, medical bills, police investigation, lost wages, attorneys, and all those necessary things that will need our attention
Heidi will be at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah for several days, she is in room 667. I will provide visiting updates soon. If you need to reach her please contact me first.
I will provide relevant updates on this website as I’m able to. Love to all of you (all y’all for my friends and relatives in the South).
Brian & family