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Two injured in local accidents

LIVINGSTON – Two people were injured in two separate accidents on Polk County roadways Tuesday, according to the Texas Highway Patrol.

The first accident occurred at 8 a.m. on Hwy. 146, just north of FM 2665. A 2007 Ford pickup truck driven by Keith Ray Puckett, 55, of Livingston was southbound when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle veered left across the northbound lane, then back across both the north and southbound lanes, according to Trooper Darwon Evans. The pickup ran through a fence and struck a tree.

The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department used Jaws of Life equipment to help free Puckett from the wreck.

Puckett, listed with incapacitating injuries, was transported by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

No charges were filed.

Also investigated Tuesday was a one-vehicle accident at 4:55 p.m. on Old Long Pull, just west of Baker Street.

A 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Angela LaShee Blount, 19, of Conroe was northbound when it entered an area of deep sand. The driver overcorrected to the right, then to the left, and attempted to brake but pressed the accelerator by mistake, according to Evans. The pickup left the roadway to the left, struck an embankment and vaulted into some brush.

Blount, listed with non-incapacitating injuries, was transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke Medical Center in Livingston. A passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Carson Mahoney Smith, was listed as uninjured.

No charges were filed.