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One killed, 5 air lifted in three vehicle accident
San Jacinto News- Times
POINT BLANK – Traffi c was halted in both directions of Hwy. 190 early Sunday afternoon following a three vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 69-year-old wife and grandmother of Huntsville. San Jacinto County Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Chris Cain said the accident, which occurred in front of Bo’s Restaurant, had both lanes of traffi c stopped for three hours while fi ve DPS troopers and deputies from the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department worked the accident which had traffi c backed-up for miles and spanning Lake Livingston at the Trinity River Bridge. The accident occurred at 2:46 p.m. and was cleared at 5:35 p.m. “From time to time we were able to allow some vehicles to turn and drive off the bridge,” Cain said. According to Trooper Cain, a Ford F150, driven by Frankie Garrett, 38, of Spring, Texas, was in the west bound lane attempting to make a left turn into Bo’s Restaurant parking lot when a GMC sports utility vehicle driven by Walter Bennett Sr., 73, of Huntsville to control his speed and crashed into the back of Garrett’s truck. Garrett’s truck was pushed across Hwy. 190 into a ditch while Bennett’s vehicle continued forward into the eastbound lane of traffic, colliding head on into a Chevrolet pickup driven by John Howard, 59, of Houston. Garrett, his wife Misty and six-year-old daughter, Bailey, were all taken by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries, according to Cain. Bennett, his 10-year-old grandson, Bradley Bennett and seven-year-old twin granddaughters Morgan and Ashley Bennett, all of Huntsville, were flown by air ambulance to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. CPR was administered to Bennett’s wife, Minnie Bennett, at the scene before transporting her by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Howard was flown by air ambulance to Hermann Memorial Hospital, Houston. All nine of the occupants involved in the three-vehicle accident were wearing seatbelts, Trooper Cain said. “At this time no citations have been issued and the accident remains under investigation,” he said. Assisting troopers and deputies at the accident scene were members of the Point Blank, Waterwood, Cape Royale, Oakhurst and Onalaska Volunteer Fire Departments, as well as four Legacy EMS units, according to Cain.