Guard rail built for safety, airbag, seatbelt...Safety features played a key role in saving Dickens' life.
Single Vehicle Accident Sends Livingston Woman to Hospital, SAN JACINTO COUNTY, May 18, 2008 - Diabetic shock while driving sent a Livingston woman to the hospital at the San Jacinto/Polk County line. At approximately 3:45 pm witnesses said they noticed a vehicle that was weaving all over the road on Highway 59. The vehicle was a blue 2006 Nissan Murano driven by Deborah Dickens, 53, of Livingston. The vehicle crashed into the end of the guard rail that accompanies the entrance to the Trinity River bridge. The guard rail is built for safety and did its job and absorbed the impact as it gave way, throwing the railing away from the highway just like it's supposed to do. Dickens' vehicle came to a stop just before the entrance to the bridge. DPS Troopers Ramey Bass and Kevin Burman arrived on the scene to investigate. Dickens was removed from her vehicle and placed on a stretcher by emergency personnel from Americare Ambulance Service. The left lane of traffic on 59 North was blocked as emergency personnel tended to the scene of the accident. There were three vehicles from Shepherd Volunteer Fire Dept. Dickens' airbag deployed and she was wearing a seatbelt. Dickens was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by Americare with non-life-threatening injuries. Dickens had insurance. Her vehicle was towed by a rollback wrecker from Smith Wrecker Service. The accident was cleared out completely shortly before 4:30 pm.