Watseka teacher dies from injuries in crash

Watseka teacher dies from injuries in crash

URBANA — A Watseka teacher died Tuesday morning from injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle accident in Iroquois County over the weekend.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Brent McTaggart, 36, died at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana,

He was transferred there Saturday from Iroquois Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after an accident about 3:15 p.m. Saturday near a rural intersection about five miles southeast of Watseka in Sheldon Township.

Northrup said Mr. McTaggart was alone in a pickup truck that was westbound on County Road 1400 N, just west of County Road 2820. He was approaching a bridge when he lost control of his truck and hit a guardrail, causing the truck to roll over. Mr. McTaggart was thrown from the truck.

Northrup said Mr. McTaggart died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Watseka High School Principal James Bunting said Mr. McTaggart, who graduated from the high school in 1995, had worked for the district as an art teacher at the middle school and high school for about seven years. His wife, Casie McTaggart, is an English teacher at the high school, Bunting said. They have three young children.

Mr. McTaggart is also an assistant football coach at the high school.

Bunting said high school students had an assembly in the gym Tuesday morning after receiving word of Mr. McTaggart's death.

"The students took control and led it and told stories and laughed a little and cried a little. I couldn't be more proud of our student body," he said.

Counselors from the high school and a few surrounding schools were on hand for the assembly and available to talk later.

"They were in the gym while the students were talking. That helped a bunch. We spent a couple hours down there. The counselors commented how well the students did," Bunting said.

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