Accident claims life of high school student

BLANCHARD – A rollover accident on FM 2457 early Sunday morning claimed the life of a 16-year-old Livingston High School student.

According to an initial report from Texas Highway Patrol, Mason Chandler Johnson, 16, of Livingston was driving west on FM 2457 in a red, older-model Chevy pickup truck shortly before 5 a.m. on Sunday.

The truck reportedly veered off-road to the right and struck a culvert near Blue XX West Road, sending it airborne and rolling over.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover and was later pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Sarah Arnett.

Troopers with the Texas Highway Patrol, along with deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, were dispatched to the scene and blocked all traffic on FM 2457 during their investigation.

A first-call vehicle from Cochran Funeral Home later transported the victim from the scene.

As of press time, investigators were still waiting for an autopsy report.

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

A celebration of life service for Johnson is scheduled Saturday at 229 McBride Drive in Livingston.

Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. and the service will be held at noon.

A candlelight vigil for the LHS student will follow at 5:30 p.m. at 432 Stevens Lane in Livingston.

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