Sergeant Christian Schanmier with the Polk County Sheriff's Office examines the vehicle of 62 year old Shelby Jackson of Livingston. Jackson admitted to have been drinking prior to the accident.
Major Accident on US-59, Alcohol Suspected, GOODRICH, May 12, 2012 - At approximately 8:30 pm on May 11, 2012, a black 2009 Chevy Silverado driven by Shelby Lee Jackson, 62, of Livingston, was north-bound on US-59 in Goodrich. Jackson's vehicle left the road to the left, crossed the grassy median and into the south-bound lanes of traffic where he collided with a south-bound black 2010 Chevy Silverado driven by John Berry Carter, 26, of Florence, Alabama. The collision sent both vehicles down the embankment on the west side of 59 where both vehicles came to rest in the weeds. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Sergeant Christian Schanmier of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Ramey Bass and Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. According to Trooper Bass, Shelby Jackson admitted to have been drinking prior to the accident and he smelled of alcohol. Both Jackson and Carter were loaded onto an ambulance and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The right lane of the south-bound side of 59 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Bass, the accident remains under investigation with Jackson at fault and possibly facing intoxication related charges. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Berry's vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston, while Jackson's vehicle was recovered by a rollback wrecker from LakeView Towing and it will be stored in Livingston. The scene was cleared in a little over 3 hours.