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A single-vehicle accident that occurred early Monday afternoon on U.S. Hwy. 59 South just north of Boot Barn blocked southbound traffic for several hours until the roadway was cleared. According to Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish, a flat-bed 18-wheeler hauling lumber was traveling southbound when its tires left the pavement, the driver overcorrected, lost control and the vehicle turned over, losing its load of lumber. The driver was transported by private automobile to the local hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Not only did responders have to send for a heavy-duty wrecker, but there was also diesel leakage from the truck’s tanks that necessitated calling a hazmat crew from Nacogdoches. Parrish said one lane was opened for southbound traffic at approximately 4 p.m. but that crews with the Texas Department of Transportation were clearing debris into the night. Courtesy photo

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