61 year old Lawrence Barnett, of Livingston, was driving this red Dodge Ram 2500 when he lost his boat that crashed into a vacant house off 146.
OOOPS! My Boat's Sailing Down the Highway... Boat Crashes Into House Off 146, LIVINGSTON, June 4, 2015 - Shortly before 12 noon on June 4, 2015, a red Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Lawrence Barnett, 61, of Livingston, was north-bound on South Houston (146). According to Barnett, he was driving down the hill on 146 pulling a boat on a trailer. He looked into his rear view mirror and noticed that his boat and trailer were gone. He turned around and found that the trailer had lost a wheel, became disconnected, and slid into a yard narrowly missing a car and a house located at 1009 South Houston. Actually, the front corner of the trailer slammed into a very large oak tree and the boat flew off and crashed into an abandoned house next door to the house it just missed. Officer Kaleb Barker and Sergeant Lewis Milner (both with Livingston PD) were dispatched to the scene. They were soon joined by Deputy Cody Hardy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the accident. Officer Barker cited Barnett for fictitious license plates on the trailer and no safety chains. Both the trailer and the boat were recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
The trailer carrying the boat caught the large oak tree at left as the boat continued and slammed into a vacant house next door as they both narrowly missed the blue house.
Lucy McNeil looks outside her house to see what almost happened to her home.
Both the trailer and the boat were recovered by Ken's Towing.
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