18 Wheeler vs Toyota Camry, Nobody Hospitalized, LIVINGSTON, June 23, 2016 - At approximately 1:10 pm on June 23, 2016, a black 2000 Kenworth 18 wheeler, driven by Carl E. Johnson, 54, of Cleveland, was north-bound on US-146 near Providence Road (next to Escapees). A tan 1998 Toyota Camry, driven by Cala Mildred Swilley, 35, of Livingston was also north-bound in front of Johnson. According to Johnson, Swilley suddenly turned on her left turn indicator. Johnson decided to pass on the left shoulder, but Swilley pulled in front of him. Johnson's rig slammed Swilley's vehicle from behind. The impact pushed Swilley further down the road and into the grass on the right side of 146. Johnson lost control of his rig and it turned over on it's passenger side, blocking the north-bound lane of traffic. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Detective Byron Dunaway with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol. Bass was soon joined by Sergeant Sam Lattner (also with DPS). Fortunately, nobody was injured. Traffic on 146 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. A citation was issued to Swilley for changing lanes while unsafe. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Swilley's vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. Johnson's rig was recovered by Smith Towing out of Cleveland.
54 year old Carl Johnson, of Cleveland was driving this 18 wheeler.
35 year old Cala Swilley, of Livingston was driving this 1998 Toyota Camry.
Corporal Ramey Bass (left) was the primary accident investigator (Bass was joined by Sergeant Sam Lattner at right).
Carl Johnson stands by his turned over rig.
Swilley's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing (Houdini pictured).
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