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Car crashes fundraiser in Herrin

HERRIN, IL (KFVS) -

A car spun off Herrin Road on Saturday, nearly striking a man at a car show.

Ray Gibson’s 1937 Oldsmobile is one of only 47 such cars left in the United States, and he was happy to bring it to Picker’s Outlet Mall for a car show, flea-market, and fundraiser on Saturday.

“I was about half asleep in that chair when I heard the noise.” Gibson explained.

The event was meant as a day of relaxation, with a goal of raising as much as $75,000 through an ongoing car raffle.

The money would go to the ‘Night’s Shield’ in West Frankfort, which is an organization specialized in assisting abused and neglected children

 “We focus on keeping sibling groups together.” Explained organizer Cindy McGee “This time of year, a lot of my kids who come in don’t have decent shoes or coats… so we’ve got to supply shoes and clothes for everybody.”

“Boy, that got my attention” Gibson recalled.

Before the event was finished, police say a young man was driving down Herrin Road while using his phone. The car in front of him slowed down while passing the car show and was rear ended.

“I had my back to the road, I heard a real loud noise, and I turned around and I saw that car coming right at me.” Gibson said.

Emergency crews arrived, and two people were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Boy, I hope they’re okay. I’ll say a prayer for them. And hope they get better.” Gibson said.

The driver of one car was cited for using his phone while driving--- and failure to reduce speed.

For more information on the Night’s Shield, click here.

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