Lisa Punch (center) was issued a citation for unsafe lane change.
Accident Takes Out Highway Light Pole, LIVINGSTON, May 11, 2008 - Shortly after 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 10, 2008 a 2008 Navy Blue Dodge pickup driven by Tim Arnold, 34, of Cleveland was south bound on Business 59 coming off the overpass by Thomas Supply in the left lane when the trailer he was towing was clipped by a white 1998 Infinity QX4 driven by Lisa Punch, 38, of Livingston. The collision occurred when Punch who was traveling in the right hand lane beside Arnold's vehicle, attempted an unsafe left turn, (not waiting until it was clear) and struck Arnold's trailer. The collision caused Arnold to lose control of his pickup truck. Arnold's truck slammed into a highway light pole and completely took out the light pole, as Arnold's truck continued to slide out of control and took out a huge section of fence at Thomas supply where his truck was stopped by a stockpile of PVC pipe. Amazingly, Arnold only sustained a few scratches. Punch was also physically okay. An ambulance from Americare Ambulance Service arrived and briefly checked occupants of the vehicles. Claude Thomas of Thomas Supply arrived to survey the damage inflicted on his business. Livingston Police Officers Kurt Riley and Rob Atkins investigated the accident and a citation was issued to Punch for attempting an unsafe lane change. Both drivers had insurance. According to Punch she was on her way back from a funeral and there were friends and family following her in other vehicles and stood with her in support of her. At one point an apparent friend of punch lost his composure and tried to get physical with the police and had to be placed under arrest. Both drivers had insurance. A rollback wrecker from Ken's towing arrived and towed one of the vehicles.
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