Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol investigates.
5 Livingston People Hospitalized (2 Flown to Houston) in Major Accident, LIVINGSTON, April 9, 2010 - At approximately 8:12 pm on April 8, 2010, an orange 2007 Chevy HHR driven by Mindie Bowen, 46, of Livingston, was south-bound on US-146 about 8 miles south of Livingston. Bowen attempted to make a left turn into the driveway of a residence but failed to yield right-of-way to an oncoming silver 1991 Chevy truck driven by Thomas H. Herren, 58, of Livingston. Herren's truck broadsided Bowen's vehicle knocking both vehicles into the front yard of Down South Cycle Service. During the collision, Herren's passenger (wife) was injured when her head struck the windshield of their vehicle. Both Herren and his wife remained in their truck, injured. Bowen and her two passengers were also injured and remained in their vehicle. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Deputy Jamie Buie, and DPS Trooper Ramey Bass and Sergeant Nita Bowen. Emergency personnel removed all the occupants from both vehicles. All five vehicle occupants were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Herren's wife was taken to a waiting PHI helicopter in front of R&D Grocery on 146 and flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious head injuries. Mindie Bowen was taken to Livingston Memorial Hospital where she was picked up by PHI Air Medical and also flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston. One lane of traffic was blocked during investigation and cleanup. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Herren's truck and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston while Bowen's vehicle was recovered by a rollback wrecker from Fawbush Body Shop and it will be stored in Livingston. At time of press, no citations have been issued as the accident remains under investigation. The scene was cleared by 9:30 pm.
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