UPDATE: Man Involved in Seven Oaks Accident Passes Away...
SEVEN OAKS, September 28, 2012 - On the morning of September 28, 2012, George Kenneth Jones, 81, of Leggett, passed away from injuries sustained in an accident 10 days earlier. Jones was north-bound on US-59 in Seven Oaks and slowed down to make a right turn into the parking lot of Exxon Seven Oaks when he was slammed from behind by an 18 wheeler. Jones reportedly broke is back and was flown from the scene to Hermann Hospital in Houston.
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George K. Jone's 2010 F-150 sits on the shoulder of the south-bound side of US-59 after being struck by an 18 wheeler on the north-bound side (the 18 wheeler is pictured in the background).
Leggett Man Reportedly Breaks Back in Vehicle Accident, SEVEN OAKS, September 18, 2012 - Shortly after 10 am on September 17, 2012, a red 2010 Ford F-150 driven by George Kenneth Jones, 81, of Leggett, was north-bound on US-59. Jones slowed down to make a right turn into the parking lot of Exxon in Seven Oaks and was clipped from behind by an 18 wheeler driven by Roberto Rodriguez, 49, of Mathis. The collision pushed Jones' truck to the south-bound side of 59 all the way to the outside shoulder of the south-bound lanes where his truck came to rest. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Deputies Terry Valka and Sergeant Rob Thomas and Troopers Chris Cain and Donny Akers.
Jones was removed from his vehicle and loaded into an ambulance where he was treated and prepared for flight as a Life Flight Helicopter was flown in and transported Jones to Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. Jones reportedly has a possible fractured back. Traffic on the south-bound side of 59 was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. Representatives from TXDOT helped control traffic. According to Trooper Chris Cain, Rodriguez was cited for failure to control speed. A rollback wrecker from Clifton Chevrolet out of Corrigan recovered Jones' pickup while Rodriguiez's 18 wheeler was recovered by a rig out of Houston.