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Prom re-do Local students get a second chance at prom after crash


  • Prior to the Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School prom, Jersey Willis of Harrisburg, Brandon Banks of Harrisburg, Hannah Proctor of Harrisburg, Eli Grathler of Carrier Mills and Missy Chamberlain of Harrisburg pose for a photo.

    Prior to the Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School prom, Jersey Willis of Harrisburg, Brandon Banks of Harrisburg, Hannah Proctor of Harrisburg, Eli Grathler of Carrier Mills and Missy Chamberlain of Harrisburg pose for a photo.
    COURTESY OF LANETTE PROCTOR

  • The wrecked vehicle of six teens traveling to dinner prior to Harrisburg High School's prom on May 1.

    The wrecked vehicle of six teens traveling to dinner prior to Harrisburg High School's prom on May 1.
    COURTESY OF LANETTE PROCTOR

  • From left, Mason Gilliam of Carrier Mills, Missy Chamberlain of Harrisburg, Eli Grathler of Carrier Mills, Hannah Proctor of Harrisburg, Brandon Banks of Harrisburg and Jersey Willis of Harrisburg pose for a prom photo prior to a wreck the night of Harrisburg High School's prom on May 1.

    From left, Mason Gilliam of Carrier Mills, Missy Chamberlain of Harrisburg, Eli Grathler of Carrier Mills, Hannah Proctor of Harrisburg, Brandon Banks of Harrisburg and Jersey Willis of Harrisburg pose for a prom photo prior to a wreck the night of Harrisburg High School's prom on May 1.
    COURTESY OF LANETTE PROCTOR

 
By Travis DeNeal
tdeneal@ dailyregister.com
updated: 5/14/2021 2:12 PM

SALINE COUNTY -- After her daughter left for dinner prior to Harrisburg's prom, LaNette Proctor got the call no parent wants.

Her daughter Hannah, along with five other teens going to prom, had been in a wreck.

The teens, four from Harrisburg and two from Carrier Mills, had been traveling on Illinois 13 to eat dinner in Marion before returning to Harrisburg for prom night.

When they approached the intersection of Illinois 166 east of Marion, a truck at the stoplight pulled into the path of their vehicle, colliding with the teens.

"Two of the girls, my daughter included, were airlifted to Evansville (Indiana). She's better now, but she still has a concussion and short-term memory issues," Proctor, a second-grade teacher at Harrisburg, said.

The remaining teens were taken by ambulance to local hospitals, she said.

In the wake of the crash, prom was not going to be possible.

However, another school stepped up to give the teens a second chance at making high school memories.

"Later that night, I received an invite from Brandi VanMeter with a sweet, sweet invitation for the kids who were not able to make it to prom," Proctor said.

VanMeter, one of the Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School parent organizers, or "prom moms," was inviting the six teens to CMSF High School's prom and afterprom.

"We all were so very humbled and appreciate the overwhelming generosity of that invitation," Proctor said. "The kids got to do a 'redo' last Friday night."

This time, they opted to dine in-town at Morello's in Harrisburg, she said.

She also said she and other parents were relieved that injuries from the wreck were not more serious.

"It was bad, but it could have ended up being very tragic," Proctor said. "I think God has a plan for each one of them individually."