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UPDATE: Appleton family in Custer crash last Sunday getting better

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4-year-old Matthew Fleurant of Appleton, injured in a traffic crash near Custer on Highway 10.
4-year-old Matthew Fleurant of Appleton, injured in a traffic crash near Custer on Highway 10.
Tracy Fleurant describes her... (Download MP3)

UPDATE:  As of Friday morning, 10/12/12, St. Joseph's Hospital has moved 4-year-old Matthew Fleurant out of the Intensive Care Unit and upgraded his condition to "Fair."  There is also an additional link on this story where you can view pictures and leave well-wishing messages on their Caring Bridge web page.

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MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) -  A woman from Appleton and seven children were hurt last Sunday in a traffic crash. Today, their story is a little happier.

Tracy Fleurant was driving the S-U-V that flipped several times into the median of Highway 10 at Custer. Their trailer broke into several pieces, and grass caught fire at the crash scene.  Fleurant told WSAU yesterday that she has a cracked vertebrae in her neck, but was getting ready to be discharged. She said her 4-year-old son Matthew has two broken femurs, a skull fracture, a neck fracture, and lost four teeth, but his condition is improving.  "They did take out his ventilator tube this morning and his chest tube and he is being moved from the ICU to a regular room."  That move happened Thursday afternoon.  The impact caused Matthew’s car seat to break in half.

Fleurant said she has experience towing trailers, but the high winds were too much for her vehicle Sunday.  She said that many people stopped to help her and the children before emergency crews arrived.  She wants to thank emergency crews, chopper pilots, and a large number of people passing through Custer on Highway 10. They lifted the vehicle from her arm and freed the children from the sideways vehicle.Six other children from 5 to 10 years of age were treated and released at St. Michael’s Hospital the day of the crash. One of the two family dogs died at the scene.

You may link to Matthew's Caring Bridge website for photos and messages at this link:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewfleurant1

(The entire interview with Tracy Fleurant can be heard by clicking on the application above.)

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