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Covid CrusaderFILE PHOTO Dr. Ronald Tolls is currently in a Houston Hospital after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident Tuesday afternoon.

By Jason Chlapek

A multi-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon sent two to the hospital, and one of them was flown to a Houston hospital that evening.

Ronald Tolls, 80, is now in ICU at Memorial Hermann in Houston after flying out of a Gravely riding lawn mower that he sat in while it was towed by a 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup truck driven by Robert Strand, 55. A 2015 Hyundai Sonata, driven by 59-year-old Joyce Garcia, collided with the Frontier and threw Tolls from the lawn mower that he was sitting in.

“The (Sonata) was traveling southbound, but the (Frontier) pulling the lawnmower was trying to cross (US) 59 through the southbound lanes,” Trooper Chris Cain of the Texas Department of Public Safety said. “The (Sonata) hit the (Frontier) in the left passenger side and it swung the lawn mower around the car.”

Texan EMS arrived on the scene and transported both Garcia and Tolls to CHI-St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Livingston. The extent of Garcia’s injuries was not available, but Tolls was later flown to Memorial Hermann in Houston via Life Flight.

“It looked as if he hit that pavement pretty hard with his head,” Cain said.

According to Cain, Strand and Tolls were trying to pull the lawn mower across the highway to Livingston Lawn and Garden when the accident occurred. He said Strand failed to yield the right-of-way.

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