The logging truck was east-bound while the Nissan was west-bound.
Accident Claims 2 on FM-62, MOSCOW, July 28, 2009 - At approximately 3:25 pm on July 28, 2009 a white 1994 Peterbilt logging truck driven by Joseph David, 44, of Livingston was east-bound on FM-62 just south of Moscow and less than a mile from US-59 North. A head-on collision occurred when a west-bound Nissan Xterra was attempting to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and was directly in the path of David's truck. The collision was not centered, but driver's side to driver's side. The Nissan spun around and slammed directly into the driver's side fuel tank of the truck. Both vehicles caught fire. David was able to escape from his vehicle, while the driver and passenger (whose names are being withheld pending notification of relatives) in the Nissan were trapped. Both vehicles became engulfed in flames. Sadly, the two occupants of the Nissan were not able to get out as the entire wreckage was engulfed in flames within seconds. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with DPS Troopers David Morris, Sam Lattner, Larry Pitts and Brent Henry and several Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. David was transported to Lufkin Memorial Hospital by Americare Ambulance Service with non-life-threatening injuries. All traffic on FM-62 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Polk County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Stephen McEntyre pronounced both victims dead at the scene. Both victims were recovered and transported to Corrigan Funeral Home. The remains of both vehicles were recovered by Rick & Collins out of Corrigan. The scene was cleared by 7:45 pm.
When the names of the victims are released, we'll post them on PolkCountyToday.com
A special thank you to DPS Trooper Sam Lattner and Assignment Editor Stash Anderson.
Livingston Volunteer Firemen (led by Chief Corky Cochran) extinguish the blaze that also turned into a brush fire.
Both occupants of the Nissan were killed.
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