Vehicle Goes Airborne, Snaps Utility Pole, Balances on Pole, LIVINGSTON, June 20, 2017 - At approximately 8:15 am on June 20, 2017, a maroon 2001 Buick LeSabre, driven by Billie Atrelle Mahan Burleson, 47, of Livingston, was south-bound on FM-3126 (just north of Putnam's Landing). Burleson entered a curve too fast. Her vehicle left the pavement to the right and began to slide sideways. Her vehicle struck a culvert and went airborne as it slammed into a utility pole. The impact snapped the utility pole and the car came to rest balanced on the snapped pole. Burleson was able to crawl out her front driver's side window. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Sergeant Glen Edwards and Deputy Ronald Bogany with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol. Burleson found nearby shade under some trees where she was treated by EMS personnel and transported to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A crew from Sam Houston Electric Cooperative arrived to turn the power off from the snapped utility pole and to replace it. Burleson was cited for unsafe speed. A rollback wrecker from Fawbush Body Shop recovered Burleson's vehicle and it will be stored in Goodrich.
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47 year old Billie Atrelle Mahan Burleson, of Livingston, was driving this 2000 Buick LeSabre and entered a curve too fast. Her vehicle left the pavement, struck a culvert and went airborne, then snapped this utility pole off FM-3126.
Burleson found some nearby shade where she was treated by EMS personnel at the scene, then transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital.
Representatives from Sam Houston Electric Cooperative were on hand to ensure safety and to replace the pole.
A rollback wrecker from Fawbush Body Shop recovered Burleson's vehicle.
Corporal Ramey Bass is the accident investigator.
Mixi was on duty for PolkCountyToday.com.
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