Texas DPS: 1 dead, 3 injured after helicopter crash near Livingston in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Texas – One person is dead after authorities with Texas Department of Public Safety said a helicopter crashed at a field in Polk County.

The crash involving a Bell 206 helicopter occurred deep in the woods at Galloway Lane and Highway 146, southeast of Livingston at around 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

One of the three passengers on board, 54-year-old Daniel King of Livingston, died at the scene of the crash, Texas DPS troopers said.

Two other passengers, 26-year-old Braydon King and 23-year-old Brocton King, also from Livingston, were transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Livingston.

The pilot, identified as 73-year-old John Martin of Montgomery, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center area, according to Texas DPS.

DPS troopers are investigating the scene.

The FAA has been notified of the crash, according to Texas DPS.

Helicopter crash in Polk County (KPRC)
Helicopter crash in Polk County (KPRC)
Helicopter crash in Polk County (KPRC)

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