Charles Blum is treated by emergency personnel after being trapped under his truck for over an hour. Blum was ejected from the truck and it rolled on him.
Driver Slams Into Tree, Ejected, Trapped for Over an Hour, Alcohol Suspected, LIVINGSTON, July 18, 2010 - At approximately 3:15 am on July 18, 2010, a green 2003 Chevy Silverado driven by Charles Blum, 38, of Livingston, was west-bound on Mill Gate Road (off US-146), when his vehicle left the road to the right. Blum over corrected to the left and slid out of control on the unpaved road and slammed into a tree. Blum was ejected and the truck rolled on top of him and trapped him for over an hour. A passer by came upon the scene, and according to witnesses, got a fork lift to free Blum. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Sergeant Christian Schanmier, Deputy Vance Berry, and DPS Trooper Darwon Evans. Blum sustained serious injuries and was loaded onto an ambulance and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospitalwhere he was then loaded onto a helicopter and flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston. The road was completely blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Evans, Blum will be cited for unsafe speed, no seatbelt, and could be cited for no insurance. There was a smell of alcohol and pending toxicology reports, Blum could be charged with driving while intoxicated. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Blum's vehicle and it will be stored at Pollock's Body Shop in Livingston. The scene was cleared shortly after 6 am.