Zoie Dillard, 7 (foreground) and Ryder Cude, 8, appeared in good spirits after a scary and dangerous incident at their great gradmother's home (Barbara Overstreet, aka: Mawmaw).
18 Wheeler Takes Out Carport, 2 Vehicles, Narrowly Misses House, LIVINGSTON, September 24, 2013 - At around 5:15 pm on September 24, 2013, an 18 wheeler (with R&G Services LLC) was west-bound on US-190 East a couple of miles east of Livingston. The driver, Donald Lee Barlow, 28, of Cleveland, stated that his 18 wheeler blew a tire causing loss of control. Barlow's rig left the pavement to the left, cut over the east-bound lanes and into the grass. His rig rolled down the sloped terrain and was headed directly toward a house. Fortunately, Barlow apparently was able to steer the rig left and narrowly missed the house, but rather took out a full carport complete with two SUVs. The mammoth vehicle came to a grinding halt in the back yard of the house located at 2224 US-190 East. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Rey Davalos, and Lieutenant Mark Jones (both with the Polk County Sheriff's Office) and Trooper Darwon Evans with the Texas Highway Patrol. Donald Barlow was treated at the scene and transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Homeowner Barbara Overstreet nor her guests were injured. The aftermath of the harrowing incident left a totaled 18 wheeler, a Ford Explorer (possibly totaled), a Chevy Equinox (possibly totaled), and a full carport (completely leveled) strewn in a path of destruction. According to Trooper Evans, no citations have been issued and the accident remains under investigation. The 18 wheeler is to be recovered by a heavy duty recovery service picked by R&G Services.
The driver of this 18 wheeler (David Lee Barlow, 28, of Cleveland), lost control and crashed through a carport off 190 West.
Barlow was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Trooper Darwon Evans investigated the accident.
Deputy Rey Davalos was one of the firt emergency responders on the scene.
A slab is all that's left of what was left of a full carport complete with 2 vehicles (Livingston Fire Chief, Corky Cochran pictured at left).
The amazing spectacle had Sheriff Ken Hammack at the scene.
The residence is the boyhood home of Commissioner Tommy Overstreet (right) whose family moved to the house in 1964.
The carport roof (visible on ground at right) lay flat on the ground after the rig litterally knocked out all of the roof's support.
Deep tire marks on the ground show the rig's path to the backyard.
The M&M Sisters were on duty.
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