Friday, September 29th, 2017
Harrisburg, Missouri- When the sound of ambulances and fire trucks ring through the air, it can literally take your breath away. Instant prayers go out by the hundreds following the first responders to the scene of an accident.
Many of us are now mourning the loss of a great man, Brian Simpson of Harrisburg, Missouri.
Brian was a wonderful teacher and coach at Harrisburg R-VIII. He also was a loving husband, father and friend. Brian was killed in a terrible car crash yesterday while driving a bus with students, to a cross country track meet in Moberly.
Hundreds of friends and family gathered at the baseball field last night to pray for Coach Simpson and his family. The lives, Brian and his family have touched, are abundant.
Brian was a history teacher and coached baseball and cross country for the school district. The school district has cancelled all activities this week including school today. There is no doubt, they are making Brian’s family and their students, top priority. Brian leaves behind a loving wife and daughter.
According to the crash report, the driver of the truck involved in the two-vehicle crash is Brandon Brill, 26, of Clark Missouri. Accident investigators say that Brill was in the wrong lane and swerved into the bus. The bus caught fire after the crash and Brill was flown to the hospital with serious injuries after being extricated from the truck.
Six people were on the bus, including Brian Simpson. The other five people were girls on the Harrisburg cross country team. The five girls have minor to moderate injuries. One of the girls was transported to the hospital for treatment of her moderate injuries.
The fatal crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Route F in Boone County between Route 22 and Everett Carr Road.
Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Brian Simpson, to the entire staff, faculty and student body of the Harrisburg school district and to the Brill family.