Head-on crash injures five

LIVINGSTON -- A head-on collision on U.S. Highway 146 caused two drivers and three children to be hospitalized, including one child that was flown to Houston on Saturday.

According to initial reports, the driver of a black Volvo, Ashlyn Drew Strange, 18, was traveling northbound on U.S. 146 around 1 p.m. on Saturday and was attempting to pass on the southbound lane with another vehicle in front.

When the other vehicle moved back into the correct lane, Strange was forced to swerve into the southbound shoulder to avoid oncoming traffic near the south end of Providence Road. As Strange quickly attempted to drive back into the northbound lane, her vehicle collided with the front of a red Chevy, driven by William Kendall Thompson, 29, traveling southbound.

Both vehicles came to a stop facing north, with Strange’s car being pushed into the grass and Thompson’s vehicle resting along the southbound shoulder.

Thompson had three children in his vehicle. Local EMS transported Thompson and two of the children to CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries. One child suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Houston hospital. A landing zone was set up in a nearby field by the Escapees Care Center to transport the child.

Strange was transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.
Texas Highway Patrol, along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene and blocked all traffic on U.S.146 during investigation and cleanup. Both vehicles appeared to be totaled and were later transported by wrecker.

The accident remains under the investigation of the Texas Highway Patrol.