Major Accident South of Livingston, GOODRICH, November 4, 2010 - At approximately 6:55 am on November 4, 2010, Vernell Alexander, 70, of Jacksonville, was south-bound on US-59 in his black 2003 Dodge truck just south of Livingston when an 18 wheeler driven by Bobby Wayne Harrison, 29, of Huntsville, pulled out directly in Alexander's path from a turnaround point. Alexander's truck slammed into the side of Harrison's trailer. The collision caved in Alexander's windshield and totaled his truck. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Brent Foster with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Corporal Sam Lattner and Trooper Darwon Evans (both with the Texas Highway Patrol). All traffic on the south-bound side of 59 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. Alexander sustained undisclosed injuries and was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by Ambulance. Harrison was physically okay. Harrison was issued citations for failure to yield right-of-way from an open intersection and no insurance. Alexander's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. The 18 wheeler was still drivable. The scene was cleared and traffic fully flowing by 8:04 am.
Special thank you: Ken from Ken's Towing, Precious Angel, Assignment Editor, Stash Anderson, Derek.
The 18 wheeler pulled in front of the south-bound pickup at a turnaround point.
18 Wheeler Driver Bobby Wayne Harrison of Huntsville was cited for failure to yield right-of-way and no insurance.
Driver Vernell Alexander of Jacksonville was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital. (Pictured bottom left: Ken from Ken's Towing).
Representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Deputy Brent Foster assisted in cleanup.
Deputy Foster goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Alexander's airbags deployed.
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