Driver Rolls Garbage Truck, LEGGETT, August 8, 2013 - At approximately 2:28 pm on August 8, 2013, a garbage compacter truck driven by Patrick St. Jules, 36, of Trinity, was west-bound in the 6300 block of FM-942 West. St. Jules allegedly got distracted from his driving and left the road to the right, he cut back left onto the pavement and entered the east-bound lane of traffic. St. Jules saw an oncoming east-bound car and cut back right, lost control of his garbage truck and rolled it. The truck turned over on it's passenger's side. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Troopers Darwon Evans and Donny Akers. St. Jules escaped injury, but his passenger sustained a cut on is right arm and a cut on his head. The passenger was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by ambulance for precautionary reasons. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. A heavy duty wrecker from Riley Recovery Service recovered the garbage truck. According to Trooper Evans, no citations have yet been issued.
Trooper Darwon Evans speaks with driver Patrick St. Jules of Trinity.
Roland Hickman's Jeep Rubicon struck an 18 wheeler that failed to yield right-of-way.
Livingston, 4:20 pm...
Jeep Slams 18 Wheeler, LIVINGSTON, August 8, 2013 - At approximately 4:20 pm, Roland Hickman, 35, of Coldspring, was south-bound on South Houston (US-146) when he suddenly had to slam on his brakes. Hickman was skidding directly at an 18 wheeler driven by Darrell Campbell, 48, of Houston. Campbell pulled out of a parking lot directly into the south-bound lanes of traffic (failing to yield). Hickman's Jeep impacted the trailer portion of Campbell's rig. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department and officers Brandon Brewer, Kaleb Barker, Sargent Lewis Milner, and Chief Dennis Clifton (all with Livingston Police Department). Fortunately, Hickman applied his brakes before impacting the 18 wheeler, slowing him down enough to probably have saved his life (see pictures). All traffic on both sides of 146 was blocked as Campbell's rig was blocking both sides. According to investigating officer, Brandon Brewer, both drivers were cited. Darrell Campbell was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a private drive and Roland Hickman was cited for no insurance and expired inspection sticker. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towingrecovered Hickman's Jeep and hauled it to his house.
Officer Brandon Brewer with Livingston PD cited both drivers. Roland Hickman (left) was cited for no insurance and expired inspection sticker, while Darrell Campbell was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a private drive.
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