20 year old Steven Wayne Buter's 2008 Chevy Silverado lies on its side on the east-bound shoulder of US-190 East.
Major Accident, 2 Flown to Houston, Alcohol Suspected, LIVINGSTON, July 22, 2012 - At approximately 5:25 am on July 22, 2012 a white 2008 Chevy Silverado driven by Steven Wayne Butler, Jr., 20, of Livingston, was east-bound on US-190 East when his truck left the road to the right. Butler's truck rolled through the grass and hit a dirt embankment causing his vehicle to go airborne. The pickup landed and rolled. Neither Butler nor his female passenger were wearing their seatbelt. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Sergeant William Jerry with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Donny Akers with the Texas Highway Patrol. Butler managed to crawl from the wreckage and was laid out on the shoulder of 190 while his passenger was trapped inside. Firemen used the Jaws-of-Life to cut the roof off of the pickup to gain access to the passenger. Both were loaded onto an ambulance and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Both were flown from Memorial to Hermann Hospital in Houston. There was a heavy smell of alcohol coming from the truck and alcohol is suspected as a possible contributing factor. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. A rollback wrecker from Harwood Wrecker Service recovered Butler's vehicle and it will be stored at 101 Harwood Drive in Livingston. The scene was cleared by 7 am.