35 year old Katherine Black, of Houston, struck this TXDOT construction vehicle on US-59 south of Goodrich.
Vehicle Strikes TXDOT Construction Truck, GOODRICH, February 8, 2017 - At approximately 9:35 am on February 8, 2017, a black 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Katherine Black, 35, of Houston, was north-bound in the right lane on US-59 (about 2 miles north of the Trinity River Bridge). Black was possibly distracted when she looked up just in time to notice a TXDOT construction vehicle in front of her with a huge reflecty sign and another reflecty sign that said "Right Lane Closed". Black struck the vehicle from behind. Her vehicle left the pavement to the left. The TXDOT vehicle (Driven by Derek Tutson, 53, of Houston) pulled over to the right shoulder of 59. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corporal Ramey Bass and Trooper Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Black was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Tutson was physically okay. Traffic on 59 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. Black was cited for failure to control speed. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Black's vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Black's 2013 Volkswagen Jetta sustained heavy damage from the collision.
Black was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Black's vehicle rolled through the grass after she left the pavement to the right. NOTE: tire marks in grass
Black struck the left side of the red and white reflecty safety sign and caved in that side of the sign (as it is designed to do).
Black's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing (Houdini pictured).
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