Fatality Accident on 190 West, LIVINGSTON, January 1, 2009 (All names being withheld until further notice) - Shortly before 1 pm on January 1, 2009 a red 1990 Chevy truck was west-bound on Highway 190 West just 3 miles east of Onalaska. The truck left it's lane and entered into the lane of oncoming east-bound traffic and slammed head-on into a brown and black GMC truck. The driver of the GMC was killed. There was a passenger in the GMC who was life flighted by PHI Helicopter to Houston. DPS Troopers David Morris, Nita Bowen, and Kevin Burman were dispatched to the scene. There were also personnel from the Onalaska Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department and the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit arrived and utilized the Jaws-of-Life to remove the deceased driver of the GMC from his vehicle. The driver of the red Chevy and his passenger were transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by Americare Ambulance. Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, David Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. All traffic on 190 was blocked as the accident was being investigated and cleared. The reason for the red Chevy entering the east-bound lane is under investigation. Both parties had insurance. The red Chevy was towed by a rollback wrecker from Albritten's Towing while the GMC was towed by a rollback wrecker from George White & Sons Towing. A fireman from Onalaska VFD used a hose to clean the road. The scene was cleared and traffic fully flowing by 2:30 pm. As details from this accident emerge, PolkCountyToday.com will post updates.
According to witnesses this Chevy truck veered into oncoming traffic.
The driver of this vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.