Unsafe Pass Leads to Major Accident on FM-2457, LIVINGSTON, January 11, 2009 - At approximately 12:10 am on January 10, 2009, a black 1993 Dodge Dakota driven by Bernard Wright, 22, of Livingston, was east-bound on FM-2457 when a red 1994 Chevy Truck driven by Jason Miller, 28, of Alto, attempted to pass. Miller tried to cut back in front of Wright and cut it too close and struck Wright. The vehicles locked bumpers and both left the road to the left, struck a culvert and both rolled. Wright's vehicle spun around and came to rest upside down in a ditch while Miller's vehicle came to rest upright (both on the north side of 2457). DPS Troopers Brent Murray and Nita Bowen and the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with two constables from Precinct 2, and Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. According to witnesses, Miller's vehicle briefly caught fire on the underside but was quickly put out. Both Wright and Miller were treated by EMS Personnel with Americare Ambulance service and both were transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital by Americare. There was a passenger with Wright who was transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. The west-bound lane of traffic was blocked on 2457 as the accident was being investigated and cleared. Wright will be issued a citation for unsafe pass. Both parties had insurance. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Wrecker Service towed Wright's vehicle while a rollback from Fawbush towed Miller's vehicle. The scene was cleared and traffic fully flowing before 2 am.
Bernard Wright's vehicle came to rest upside down.