Car VS 18 Wheeler, 1 Hospitalized, LIVINGSTON, January 18, 2017 - At approximately 2:35 pm on January 18, 2017, an 18 wheeler driven by Mauricio Gama-Buzo, 35, of Houston, was south-bound on US-146 (about 7 miles out of Livingston). Gama-Buzo's 18 wheeler slammed an orange 2012 Chevy Sonic, driven by Faye B. Perdue, 88, of Livingston. Perdue was in front of Gama-Buzo and pulled to the shoulder, then attempted a U-turn back to the north-bound lane, but failed to yield to Gama-Buzo. Gama-Buzo's 18 wheeler broadsided Perdue's vehicle. The accident caused Gama-Buzo's rig to leave the pavement to the right as his rig went into the muddy tree line. Perdue's vehicle came to rest in the north-bound Lane. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Corporal Mark Dubose with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Troopers Darwon Evans, Nick Hatton, and Ashlee McBride with the Texas Highway Patrol. Perdue was carefully removed from her vehicle by emergency personnel and transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Gama-Buzo was physically okay. Traffic on 146 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Perdue was cited for turning when unsafe. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Perdue's vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston. Gama-Buzo's vehicle was recovered by a heavy-duty wrecker.
Emergency personnel work to remove 88 year old Faye Perdue, of Livingston, from her 2012 Chevy Sonic.
Perdue was truansported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital.
35 year old Mauricio Gama-Buzo, of Houston, left the pavement and ended up in the muddy tree line.
Gama-Buzo was checked by EMS personnel (he was physically okay).
Trooper Darwon Evans is the accident investigator.
Perdue's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
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