Deputy Sheriff Larry Rayburn injured in weekend crash

7:14 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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  • Image courtesy of Gary Thornhill.
  • Image courtesy of Gary Thornhill.

MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - A Macoupin County deputy sheriff was injured over the weekend after crashing his patrol vehicle during severe weather while responding to a report of an armed home invasion.

Sheriff Don Albrecht says Deputy Sheriff Larry R. Rayburn Jr. was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala patrol car and was responding to a report of a home invasion with a gun at a home in the Village of Wilsonville around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff Albrecht says roads were slippery from rain, sleet, and snow, and Deputy Rayburn's vehicle partially overturned and hit a utility pole on the north side of Route 138.

Deputy Rayburn, a four-year veteran of the Macoupin County Sheriff's Office, was trapped inside the vehicle, but was able to call dispatch with his cell phone. A passerby stopped and also called 911 to report the accident.

A second Macoupin County deputy responded to the home invasion call and determined it to be unfounded.

A third Macoupin County deputy arrived at the crash scene and administered aid until an ambulance arrived.

Deputy Rayburn was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Staunton Hospital. He was later transferred to Saint Louis University Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

He is expected to return to work after he recovers.


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