Trooper Rocky Thigpen explains the laws of the road.
Failure to Yield Right of Way Causes Another Accident, LIVINGSTON, August 13, 2011 - At approximately 10:30 am on August 13, 2011, Charles Edwards, 53, of Liberty, was south-bound on US-146 in his red 2007 Dodge pickup about five miles south of Livingston. Edwards was forced to swerve as he tried to avoid a black 1995 Honda Accord driven by George Lopez, 57, of Cleveland. Lopez attempted to crossover to the north-bound lanes of 146 from FM-1988 East and failed to yield. Edwards' truck clipped the back of Lopez's vehicle forcing Lopez's vehicle to spin around facing his opposite direction of travel. Edwards pulled over to the right side of 146. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office including Sergeant Jason Paske and Deputy Craig Taylor. Trooper Rocky Thigpen with the Texas Highway Patrol was sent to investigate the accident. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the accident. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. According to Trooper Thigpen, George Lopez will be cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a stop intersection and could be facing other citations. Both vehicles were recovered by Harwood Wrecker Service. Edwards' truck will be stored at Bounds Autoplex in Livingston while Lopez's vehicle will be stored at 101 Harwood Drive in Livingston. The scene was cleared by 11:45 am.
George Lopez leans on his totaled car. Lopez failed to yield.
Charles Edwards of Liberty looks at his damaged truck. Edwards swerved to avoid Lopez but the collision was unavoidable.
Both vehicles were recovered by Big Jim Harwood.
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