Ambulance Crashes on US-59, Driver Life Flighted, SEVEN OAKS, August 6, 2009 - At approximately 3:40 am on August 6, 2009, an Americare Ambulance (2003 Ford F-350) driven by Shelbi Moore, 37, of Livingston, was south-bound on US-59 in Seven Oaks when she apparently fell asleep. Moore's vehicle left the road to the right. Moore over corrected when she cut back to the left and her ambulance rolled and came to rest at the a cross over point between the north and south bound lanes of 59 near Clark Road. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Corrigan Volunteer Fired Department led by Chief Calvin Jones and the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit led by Chief Corky Cochran. Also dispatched was Sergeant Rob Thomas of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Jamie Buie, and DPS Trooper Brent Murray. Moore's vehicle came to rest on its side with Moore being trapped inside. Firemen cut out the windshield and used the jaws-of-life to extract Moore from her vehicle. Moore was treated at the scene by her comrades from Americare. Moore was loaded onto a PHI helicopter and transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. All traffic on 59 was blocked during life flight operations. A heavy duty wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan recovered the ambulance and it will be stored in Corrigan. The scene was cleared and traffic fully flowing by 5:30 am.
A special thank you to Assignment Editor Stash Andeson.