A Life Flight helicopter landed on baseball fields off US-190.
18 Year Old Big Sandy Student Flown From Major Accident, SODA, April 29, 2010 - Shortly before 3:30 pm on April 29, 2010, a maroon 2004 F-350, driven by Makenzie McLaurin, 18, of Livingston was south bound on FM-2500. McLaurin's vehicle left the road to the right. McLaurin cut back to the left, but over corrected and her vehicle left the road to the left and slid down and embankment and slammed head-on into a large tree. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Alabama Coushatta Tribal Security, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, and DPS Troopers David Morris, Ray Williams, and Sergeant Nita Bowen. The truck literally wrapped around the tree on the front driver's side pushing the dashboard, and engine back into the truck as the tree protruded from the cab of the truck. Emergency personnel worked to free McLaurin from the wreckage whose leg was pinned in the wreckage. Once McLaurin was freed, she was loaded onto an ambulance and treated, then transported to a nearby baseball field on US-190 where a Life Flight helicopter landed and transported McLaurin to Hermann Hospital in Houston. All traffic on 2500 was blocked during rescue, investigation, and cleanup. McLaurin had insurance. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Wrecker Service recovered McLaurin's vehicle and it will be stored in Livingston. According to DPS, McLaurin is currently in stable but critical condition at Hermann Hospital. The exact reason why McLaurin's vehicle left the road remains under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The scene was cleared shortly before 6 pm.
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