Polk Co. grand jury to look at criminal charges in fatal 3-car accident

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman confirmed that the case of the Livingston man who allegedly caused the fatal three-vehicle accident in Polk County will be taken to a grand jury to see if a charge of criminally negligent homicide is warranted.

The wreck on US 190 Monday morning killed one man and seriously injured another man.

"We were informed by the doctor that Terry Watson's surgeries went well last night," John Daniels, a spokesman for JW Energy, said in an e-mail message. "The good news is that it looks like he will live, but there were some major complications that I cannot disclose further details at this time. Both legs, both forearms, multiple fingers and a vertebrae were broken."

Daniels said the company's manager and local manager were with Watson and his wife at the hospital Tuesday morning. Watson is still in critical condition at a Houston hospital.

William Wydale McAbee, 34, died at the scene.

According to Trooper Kevin Burman, McAbee was driving a 2007 Lincoln pickup eastbound on US 190 near the intersection of Tom Cummings Road when he was rear-ended by an Isuzu Amigo, driven by Keleb Grigg, 19, of Livingston. McAbee was forced into westbound traffic and hit by a 2008 Ford crew truck, driven by Terry Watson, 49, of Orange.

Watson was taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital. Grigg is being treated for injuries at a Livingston hospital.

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