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Burks injured in single-car accident

LIVINGSTON – Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector Leslie Jones Burks, 44, of Corrigan and her 13-year-old nephew were taken by medical helicopter to Houston's Hermann Hospital Friday following a single car accident on U.S. 59 north of Livingston.

According to reports, Burks was driving a white Chevrolet Equinox north on U.S. 59 just north of the Livingston city limits when the vehicle left the roadway shortly after 10 p.m. The vehicle entered the center median of the highway and rolled over onto the passenger side door.

Members of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department used extraction equipment to remove Burks from the wreck.

Traffic on the north bound lanes of the highway were partially blocked by the investigation and all traffic on the south bound side was shut down while the medical helicopter landed and picked up the two injured patients.

This is the second vehicle accident reported involving Burks in the past four months. On April 7, she was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident in which a white sports utility vehicle struck a parked car and mailbox in the 300 block of Polk Street in Livingston. Burks later surrendered to Livingston police. No injuries were reported in that mishap.