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2-car collision in Texas claims 1 life, injures another

According to reports, a two-vehicle collision in Sabine County at about 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 3 claimed the life of one woman and left another injured. The auto accident transpired on FM 3121 in Sabine County located roughly four miles east of Hemphill.

Highway officials with the Department of Public Safety said that the crash occurred when a 74-year-old Hemphill woman driving a SUV in the northbound lane of 3121 suddenly swerved over into the southbound lane and into the path of another vehicle.

When they responded to the scene, emergency medical personnel transported the driver of the SUV to a hospital located in Tyler where she was treated for unknown injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, a 73-year-old woman also from Hemphill, suffered severe injuries. A medical helicopter transported her to a hospital located in Shreveport. However, by 3:17 p.m., she succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead.

It was reported that the victims of the car wreck were wearing their seatbelts. At the time of the news release, authorities were continuing to investigate the crash and did not indicate what may have caused the fatal accident.

Once authorities complete their investigation into a car accident, evidence may suggest that the driver of the SUV, for example, caused the wreck through negligence. If a driver disregards traffic rules and crosses over the lines, that driver may be held liable for damages.

The family of the driver that was killed in the accident might choose to hold the other driver responsible for her actions by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against her. If the claim is successful in a civil court, the decedent's family might receive a monetary award for medical and burial expenses, and, in some cases, for loss of companionship.

Source: KFXK, "1 killed, 1 injured in 2-vehicle crash," Michael Wesp, August 04, 2014

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