Hay strewned all over road on US-190 West as we drove up.
Flying Bail of Hay Causes Accident, LIVINGSTON, June 21, 2010 - At approximately 3:05 pm on June 21, 2010, a silver 1998 Volvo C70 driven by Chris Andrews, 32, of Livingston was east-bound on US-190 in the Spring Creek area when he observed an oncoming west-bound white 1990 Ford F-350 pulling a large trailer loaded with bails of hay. The driver of the truck, Bennie Joe Cowart, 60, of Oakhurst, was losing bails of hay. According to Andrews, he began braking to avoid an accident, when a bail of hay fell from the top of the enormous load and slammed into the front driver's side fender of his Volvo. The impact of the hay damaged the paint and broke the windshield. "I feel lucky that the hay didn't cave in my windshield, otherwise I'd probably be on an ambulance right now", Andrews said. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene along with DPS Troopers Corporal Sam Lattner and Trooper Donny Akers. Traffic was not blocked during the investigation. Both parties had insurance and nobody was injured. Bennie Joe Cowart was issued a citation for failure to secure load safely. Both vehicles were drivable. Cowart secured his load of hay and both drivers were free to go. The scene was cleared by 3:50 pm.
Improperly secured loads can lead to loads of trouble. Corporal Sam Lattner with the Texas Highway Patrol investigates.
Chris Andrews' nice Volvo sedan sustained a dentend in fron fender and a broken windshied (the paint was also badly scraped from the hay).
A close look shows that the windshield is badly fractured.
Bennie Joe Cowart of Oakhurst tries to re-secure his load of hay.
The other side of the enormous load was still intact.
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