60 year old Paul Gorman, of Sherman, was driving this garbage truck on US-59 in Seven Oaks and had allegedly stopped in the road when he was struck from behind by an 18 wheeler.
Garbage Truck and 18 Wheeler Collide, SEVEN OAKS, January 21, 2014 - Shortly after 4 pm on January 20, 2014, a garbage truck driven by Paul Gorman, 60, of Houston, was north-bound on US-59 in the area of Seven Oaks. Gorman had allegedly stopped in the right hand lane of traffic (a complete stop) when an 18 wheeler container truck hauling makeup remover struck Gorman from behind. The 18 wheeler (driven by Edgar Benjamin Romero, 40, of Houston) was also in the right lane and swerved left to avoid hitting Gorman. The trailer of Romero's rig clipped the back of Gorman's garbage truck. The collision caused the garbage truck to turn over and spin around facing south while Romero lost his container load (the shipping container fell off of Romero's truck and burst open partially losing its contents of makeup remover). Romero pulled over to the right hand side of the pavement. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Kevin Burman, Corporal Ramey Bass, and Sergeant Nita Bowen. Gorman was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Romero was physically okay. Traffic on the north-bound side of 59 was routed around the accident using adjacent parking lots. According to Trooper Kevin Burman, Gorman will be cited for stopping on the highway. Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan was summoned to clean up the mess. Cleanup took several hours.