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Log truck hit by train at Leggett RR crossing
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009
LIVINGSTON – A 45-yearold Douglas man is expected to recover from injuries sustained when the log truck he was driving was struck by a train Thursday morning, according to Texas Highway Patrol reports. Darrell S. Cathey was driving a 2004 White Western Star truck westbound and failed to yield to a southbound train at the tracks on Brent Road, two miles south of Leggett off Loop 116, according to Texas Highway Patrol Trooper M. Brent Murray. The train struck the truck on the driver’s side, with the impact knocking the truck cab several yards away from the train. Cathey was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Livingston with incapacitating injuries. He was cited with failure to stop for an approaching train/whistle. The log truck is owned by Minter Trucking Co. of Groveton. The collision caused damage to the front of the train, which was driven by 44-year-old James P. Wells, who was uninjured. The accident occurred at 7:20 a.m. and came just one week after a Livingston man was killed when he failed to yield to a southbound train at the Sherman Street railroad crossing. Driver blacks out Two people were transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, following a one-vehicle accident at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 190, 4.3 miles west of Livingston. A 2001 Nissan Frontier driven by John G. Stanley, 76, of Livingston was westbound when the driver blacked out, according to Trooper Sammy Lattner. The truck left the road to the right, entered a ditch and struck a mound of dirt, causing the vehicle to flip. It came to rest on its top. Stanley and a passenger, 78-year-old Mary Stanley of Livingston, were listed with incapacitating injuries. No charges have been filed in connection with the accident. Explorer hit at bus stop Officers investigated a twovehicle accident at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday on Hwy. 146, six-tenths of a mile south of Livingston. A 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Lidia I. Ramirez, 29, of Livingston was southbound and stopped for a school bus unloading children. A southbound 2000 Lincoln Town Car driven by Dorothy B. Piercy, 84, of Livingston failed to stop and struck the rear of the Explorer, according to Murray. According to the accident report, two people were transported by ambulance to the Livingston hospital: a 9-yearold child in Ramirez’s vehicle and 87-year-old Davida Gates of Livingston, a passenger in Piercy’s car. Both were listed with possible injuries.