NAMES RELEASED FROM TRIPLE FATAL: According to family, the names of the three occupants of the Buick that crashed into an 18 wheeler on May 30, 2012 were: Driver, Deonta Lashard Wyatt, 18 of Livingston, passengers were Conny Ray Birch, 43, of Leggett, and Anita Carol Wyatt, 46, of Leggett. All three were killed when their vehicle struck an 18 wheeler on US-59 and both vehicles caught fire. According to family, the vehicle was enroute to Livingston Memorial Hospital in a possible emergency situation when one of the passengers was having an allergic reaction to a bee sting (which would explain the high rate of speed).
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Firemen from Livingston Volunteer Fire Department douse the wreckage to an 18 wheeler and a car that collided on US-59 just south of Leggett.
Fiery Accident Claims Three, LEGGETT, May 31, 2012 - Shortly after 3 pm on May 30, 2012, a vehicle allegedly occupied by 3 young people from Leggett was south-bound on US-59. According to witnesses, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when an 18 wheeler pulled in front of their vehicle from the north-bound side towards the south-end of Loop 116. The car slammed into the 18 wheeler impacting the fuel tanks and igniting a fire. Both vehicles came to rest on the right side of the pavement right at the south-bound entrance of Loop116. The car and the semi became engulfed in flames. Tragically, the three occupants of the car (2 young males and 1 female, all from Leggett) were killed. The truck driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Deputies and Constables from Polk County and a handful of local Troopers including Darwon Evans, Donny Akers, Brent Henry, and Sergeant Nita Bowen. Justice of the Peace, David Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. South-bound traffic was rerouted by TXDOT representatives as the accident was being investigated and cleared. At time of press, the names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of relatives. Two first-call cars from Cochran Funeral Home recovered the victims. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the car and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston while the semi was recovered by Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan. The scene wasn't cleared for several hours.