Officer Jade Havard (right) with Onalaska PD, is the primary accident investigator.
Head On Collision, 3 Flown to Houston, ONALASKA, December 2, 2018 - At approximately 10:15 am on December 2, 2018, a black 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by James Herron, 34, of Joaquin, was west-bound on US-190 West (big bridge in Onalaska). Herron's vehicle suddenly slammed head on into an east-bound red 2000 Ford Ranger, driven by Desirae Bell, 27, Palestine. According to witnesses, Bell's vehicle crossed the center line causing the head on. The impact spun Herron's vehicle around facing east. Bell's vehicle turned over on its side, also facing east. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department, Corporal Josh Sanders with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, local State Troopers, and Officer Jade Havard, with Onalaska Police Department. Firemen used the Jaws-of-Life on both vehicles to gain access to all vehicle occupants. Bell was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Her passenger (boyfriend), Herron, and his wife, were all three flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston by medical helicopter. A landing zone was set up by Onalaska Fire Department on the big bridge where two helicopters landed. All traffic on the bridge was blocked during investigation, flight operations, and cleanup. It is not yet known why Bell's vehicle crossed the center line. The accident remains under investigation by Onalaska Police Department. Both vehicles were recovered by George White & Sons Wrecker Service in Onalaska.
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Volunteer firemen used the Jaws-of-Life on both vehicles (pictured is James Herron's passenger (his wife)).
Emergency personnel prepared to receive 34 year old James Herron of Joaquin.
Herron is wheeled to a nearby ambulance.
Onalaska Fire Department set up a landing zone on the big bridge where 2 medical helicopters landed.
Three vehicle occupants were flown to Houston (James Herron, his wife, and Desirae Bell's boyfriend).
Firemen from Onalaska cut the roof off of Bell's vehicle.
Both vehicles were recovered by George White & Sons Wrecker Service.
George White (pictured) is a friendly and major assett for the City of Onalaska.
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