Blowout Sends Truck and 40 Ft. Trailer Into the Trees, NEW WILLARD, August 28, 2010 - Shortly before 3 pm on August 27, 2010, a black south-bound Ford F-350 Super Duty truck driven by Linda Rutherford, 69, of Inman, South Carolina was pulling a 40 ft. travel trailer. Rutherford and her Husband Irvin were on their way to Sugar Land to visit kids and grandkids when their truck's front passenger tire blew out. The blowout caused Rutherford to lose control as her vehicle left the road to the right, rolled down and embankment and into the trees. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Trooper David Flowers with the Texas Highway Patrol and Sergeant Jason Paske with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. EMS personnel loaded Linda Rutherford onto an ambulance and transported her to Livingston Memorial Hospital with a broken arm and possible other injuries. Passenger Irvin appeared to be physically okay. One lane of traffic on the south-bound side of 59 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Rutherford did have insurance and no citations were issued. A heavy duty wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan recovered the truck and trailer and they'll be stored in Corrigan.
Linda Rutherford waits to be transported to the hospital with a badly broken arm.
Irvin Rutherford (left) was physically okay.
Trooper David Flowers with the Texas Highway Patrol investigated the accident.
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