Trooper Donny Akers deals with Maria Strailey. Strailey was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a yield sign.
Major Accident Near Corner Shell, LIVINGSTON, February 28, 2013 - At approximately 2:02 pm on February 27, 2013, a red 2009 Dodge Ram driven by Jerod Nugent, 25, of Kountze, was east-bound on US-190 West near the Corner Shell Gas Station. Nugent was forced to take evasive action to avoid hitting a 2012 Chevy Suburban driven by Maria Straily, 68, of Livingston. Straily was coming off of FM-2457 and merged onto 190 but failed to yield. Nugent swerved left to avoid a collision and went into the grassy median, then cut back right and struck the back of a silver 2010 Ford F-250 driven by Pamela Deblasio, 46, of Livingston. The collision sent Deblasio into the center median while Nugent continued right and rolled. Nugent's vehicle came to rest upright at the woodline in the grass on the right side of 190. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Sergeant Jason Paske with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and Troopers Chad Seamans and Donny Akers (both with the Texas Highway Patrol). Nugent was transported by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Pamela Deblasio was physically okay, as was Maria Straily. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Seamans, Maria Straily was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a yield sign. All parties had insurance. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Deblasio's vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston while Nugent's vehicle was recovered by a rollback from Harwood Wrecker Service and will be stored at 101 Harwood Drive in Livingston. The scene was cleared in a little over an hour.