Trooper Donny Akers speaks with Mitchell Scogin of Coldspring.
Horse Bucks Youth, Then Gets Hit and Killed by Truck, LIVINGSTON, April 18, 2011 - At around 9:30 pm on April 17, 2011, a 16 year old youth from Goodrich was riding a horse in the weeds just off FM-3278 when his horse bucked him off. The horse then ran into the middle of 3278 where it was struck by a west-bound full size black 2006 Chevy truck driven by Mitchell Scogin, 28, of Coldspring. The impact caused the horse to slam into the windshield, the horse then fell off the truck onto the middle of the roadway where it died. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Deputy Monty Lee and Sergeant William Jerry with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and DPS Trooper Donny Akers.
Mitchell Scogin's wife was transported to Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, everyone else was physically okay. Both lanes of FM-3278 were blocked until the horse could be removed from the road. Vehicle Recovery Specialist, Jim Harwood was summoned and used his truck to drag the dead horse off the road allowing traffic to get through. The horse was later removed by TXDOT. No citations were issued. Scogin's vehicle was recovered by Harwood Wrecker Service and will be stored in Livingston. The scene was cleared by around 10:30 pm.