US-59 North just south of the Livingston City Limits, late Friday afternoon.
Florida Driver and Passenger Flown to Houston Following 18 Wheeler Accident, LIVINGSTON, June 29, 2018 - At approximately 4:40 pm on June 29, 2018, an 18 wheeler, driven by Jeremy Gonzalez, 33, of Florida (don't know which town in Florida) was north-bound on US-59 when his 18 wheeler partially left the pavement to the left. Gonzalez over corrected right, left the other side of the pavement to the right and continued right as his rig slammed into the trees at the woodline and turned over on its driver's side. Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Officers with Livingston Police Department, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Colton McQuilkin, Nick Hatton, Zach Lenderman, and Chris Cain with the Texas Highway Patrol. Gonzalez and his passenger, Adam Ishak, 33, also of Florida, were trapped inside their rig. Volunteer Firemen used extraction equipment to gain access and remove Gonzalez and Ishak both from the driver's side. A landing zone was set up on the north-bound side of 59 and both were flown to Houston with serious injuries. All traffic on the north-bound side of 59 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Gonzalez is facing a citation for failure to drive in a single lane of traffic. A heavy duty wrecker service out of Lufkin was summoned to clean up the mess.
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Firemen worked feverishly to safely get the driver and passenger from their vehicle.
Though the rig was turned over on its driver's side, there was enough space for firemen to get under the rig to eventually get into the rig and get the 2 men out.
Passenger, 33 year old Adam Ishak was the first to be removed.
33 year old Jeremy Gonzalez was pulled from his rig to safety and flown to Houston with serious injuries.
Ishak was loaded into a PHi Air Medical Helicopter.
Minutes later, Gonzalez was loaded into a Life Flight Helicopter.
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