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Thomas A. Jackson, 34, readying to be loaded on a life flight helicopter.
Man Life Flighted with Life Threatening Injuries from Motorcycle Accident, LIVINGSTON, November 20, 2008 - Shortly after 8 pm on November 20, 2008 a brown 2006 Chevy Truck driven by Kenith Dover, 46, of Livingston was south-bound on Highway 146 when he suddenly found himself in the same path as an orange custom built motorcycle driven by Thomas Jackson, 34, of Sulphur, Louisiana. Jackson was in the lane of oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into Dover's truck with a glancing blow to the driver's side front fender. Jackson's motorcycle left the road to his right where it came rest in the grass beside the shoulder of the highway, Jackson then crawled across 146 where EMS Personnel arrived a short time later to treat him on the shoulder of the south-bound side. Dover pulled his truck over to his right on the shoulder. The accident severely injured Jackson who appeared to have life threatening injuries on the left side of his body and he appeared of have lost his left arm and possibly left leg from the impact of the collision. Two Americare Ambulances were dispatched to the scene and Jackson was loaded into one while life-flight was called. DPS Troopers Chris Stanbery, Nita Bowen, Darwon Evans and Larry Pitts were dispatched to the scene. Also at the scene was Sergeant Jason Paske with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Darren Crowe and the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department led by Chief Corky Cochran. All traffic on 146 was blocked as the accident was being investigated and cleared. Life flight arrived and a short time later, Jackson was loaded on the helicopter and flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston. According to witnesses, Jackson's motorcycle did not have a headlight and may have contributed to the accident. Dover had insurance while Jackson's insurance is unconfirmed. A rollback wrecker from Ken's towing recovered Jackson's motorcycle and it will be stored at Harrison's Body Shop in Livingston while Dover's truck was hauled by Harwood Wrecker Service and it will be stored at Harwood Service in Livingston. The scene was cleared and traffic flowing by 10:20 pm.
From left: Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran, Deputy Jason Paske, and DPS Trooper Chris Stanbery.