Pickup Slams Into TxDot Convoy, SEVEN OAKS, January 17, 2013 - At approximately 3:45 pm on January 17, 2013, a black 2013 Chevy Silverado driven by Caleb Harris, 24, of Livingston, was north-bound on US-59. Harris failed to notice a TxDot highway construction truck and crew and slammed into the back of the large truck. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and Troopers Donny Akers and Sergeant Nita Bowen (both with the Texas Highway Patrol). Amazingly, Harris escaped injury, however, the driver of the TxDot truck, Juan Hernandez, 45, of Tyler, did not. Hernandez was treated by EMS personnel at the scene and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Traffic on the north-bound side of 59 was routed to the right shoulder as the accident was being investigated and cleared. According to Trooper Akers, Caleb Harris was cited for failure to control speed. A rollback wrecker from Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan recovered Harris' totaled pickup.
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Caleb Harris' 2013 Chevy Silverado appears to be totaled after slamming into the back of a TxDot work truck. A safety device on the back of the work truck designed to absorb an impact like this probably saved Harris' life.
The driver of the TxDot truck, Juan Hernandez, 45, of Tyler, was transported by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Caleb Harris gathers belongings from his totaled pickup.
Leonard McGowen with TxDot takes photographs of his department's work truck.
Mixi & Molly guard the PolkCountyToday.com vehicle.
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