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8 injured in 3-car crash on Hwy 190 East Friday
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — The Texas Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a three-car crash that sent eight people to the hospital at 11:30 a.m. Friday and closed U.S. 190 East for more than an hour. Two critically injured victims were fl own from the scene of the crash to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston b y PHI helicopters, according to Americare EMS Supervisor Justin Cude. A third was fl own from the helipad at Memorial Medical Center-Livingston to Hermann. Firefi ghters from Livingston and Indian Springs were called out to help remove crash victims from vehicles and assist with patient care. Trooper Glenn Flowers said a van driven by Nancy Kelly was making a left turn from U.S. 190 at Beech Creek Road when it was struck in the rear by a vehicle drive by Kim Williams. The impact pushed Kelly’s van into oncoming traffic where it was struck again by a vehicle driven by Lito Thomas. Kelly and her daughter, who was a passenger in her vehicle, were airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital. A 9-year-old passenger in Williams’ vehicle was also flown to Houston. Three other occupants of Williams’ vehicle went to Memorial Medical Center- Livingston by Americare ambulance. Thomas and a passenger also went to the Livingston hospital, Flowers said. Cude said four ambulances with 10 staff members went to the crash. “The fire departments did a good job of helping us assess and treat the victims,” Cude said. “We had to set up a miniincident command center.” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said firefighters used four different extrication tools to remove the van occupants from the vehicle. When the van came to rest one woman was in the back of the vehicle. “We tried to get her out the back door but we wound up cutting all the door posts and removing the roof to get her out,” Cochran said. Fire crews also established landing zones for the two PHI helicopters that landed at the crash scene. Emergency crews cleared the scene at 12:34 p.m., according to LVFD reports.