Earnest Evans of Livingston is treated by personnel from Americare Ambulance Service.
Accident Sends Boat Sailing Down US-190, MENARD CREEK, June 12, 2011 - Shortly before 1 pm on June 12, 2011, Nicholas Weinberg, 60, of Magnolia, was west-bound on US-190 East. Weinberg was pulling a bass boat following a fishing trip when his boat was suddenly struck by a white 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Earnest Ray Evans, 89, of Livingston. Evans was also west-bound on 190 when he allegedly had a tire problem with a rear tire and pulled onto the shoulder to execute a U-turn and go back home. When Evans turned he struck Weinberg's boat separating the boat from its trailer. The boat skidded over 100 yards down 190 and came to rest on the shoulder of the east-bound side of 190 while the trailer came disconnected from the truck and came to rest in the grass on the west-bound side of 190. Evans continued across 190 and struck a guard rail at Menard creek. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and DPS Troopers Rocky Thigpen and David Flowers. Evans was treated at the scene and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Traffic on the east-bound side of 190 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Thigpen, no citations have been issued as the accident remains under investigation. Evans' car was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston, while the boat, and trailer were recovered by Harwood Wrecker Service and will be stored in Livingston. The scene was cleared shortly after 2 pm.