Accident at High Noon Snarls Traffic in Town Square, LIVINGSTON, April 15, 2008 - At 12 noon on April 15, 2008, a truck belonging to the City of Livingston and driven by city employee Bill Haecker, 58, of Livingston was north bound on business 59 in the courthouse square. According to witnesses, Haecker's traffic light was green as he proceeded across the intersection when a white Chevy Venture minivan driven by Robert Falcon, 70, of Indian Springs was west bound on 190 and pulled in front of Haecker and failed to yield right of way. The city truck hit the minivan and the speed of the minivan spun the Falcon's vehicle around 180 degrees from the direction it was traveling. Haecker immediately pulled his truck out of the way of traffic and Falcon's vehicle came to a stop right in the intersection. In a matter of a few minutes, Leon Middleton with the Livingston Police Department arrived on the scene to investigate. Mark Jones with the Polk County District Attorney's office came and assisted by directing traffic while emergency personnel worked the scene. Soon Livingston Police Officer Chad Ward arrived to assist, and Matt Parish, also with LPD. An ambulance from Americare Ambulance Service arrived to treat Falcon who was visibly shaken from the accident. A wrecker from Harwood Wrecker service showed up to tow Falcon's minivan. Haecker's truck was still driveable and once he was cleared to leave by LPD, he drove away. Traffic was flowing uninterrupted once again before 1 pm.
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