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May 16, 2024

Tragedy Strikes Wayne City: Laura ‘Christi’ Burns, Beloved Owner of Christi’s Little Red Barn Restaurant, Killed in Head-on Collision; Community Mourns Loss”

A devastating accident occurred late Friday night in Wayne City, resulting in the tragic death of Laura ‘Christi’ Burns, the 53-year-old owner of Christi’s Little Red Barn Restaurant. The collision involved two side-by-side vehicles and left three others injured, with the community now mourning the loss of a cherished member.

According to Jefferson County Coroner Roger Hayse, the accident happened around 11:45 p.m. on Rock Crusher Road, southwest of Dix. Laura ‘Christi’ Burns was a passenger in one of the side-by-sides and was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained from being ejected from the vehicle.

The drivers of both side-by-sides were trapped and required assistance from the Jefferson Fire Department. They were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals for medical treatment. The passenger in the second vehicle self-extricated and was taken to SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon before being transported to a St. Louis hospital by medical helicopter.

The identities of the passengers have not been released. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the collision with the assistance of an Accident Reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police.

Laura ‘Christi’ Burns was a beloved figure in the community, known for her warm hospitality and dedication to her restaurant, Christi’s Little Red Barn. Her passing has sent shockwaves through the area, with friends and customers expressing their condolences and sharing fond memories of her.

In a Facebook post, the restaurant announced it would be closed on Sunday and reopen on Tuesday, May 7th, to allow staff to grieve and pay their respects to their beloved owner.

The community is coming together to support the Burns family and the staff of Christi’s Little Red Barn during this difficult time. Laura ‘Christi’ Burns will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on through the countless lives she touched and the memories she created at her restaurant.

As the investigation into the accident continues, the community is reminded of the importance of road safety and the need for caution while driving. Laura ‘Christi’ Burns’ tragic passing serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the need to cherish every moment.

In memory of Laura ‘Christi’ Burns, the community will come together to celebrate her life and legacy, honoring her memory and continuing her tradition of warmth and hospitality at Christi’s Little Red Barn.

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