Local woman, 18, dies after car strikes tree
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers gather information at the scene of a fatal accident where a Sulphur Springs woman's white Honda car was found wrapped around a tree Thursday morning. The car ran off the road on State Highway 11 west near Gafford's Chapel. The accident is under investigation by state troopers.
Staff photo by Angela Pitts

Sept. 28, 2006 - An 18-year-old Sulphur Springs woman died when her car slammed into a tree on State Highway 11 west near Gafford's Chapel.

The identity of the woman was being withheld as of noon today pending notification of next of kin.

Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup said he was not sure of the exact time of the accident.

"It may have been more than a few minutes before anyone came by and found the wreck," Glossup said. "There was a gentleman that came by and saw the car and thought it may have happened last night, and that was about 9 a.m."

Glossup said the man was unable to report the accident because of cell phone problems. Emergency dispatchers were notified about 9:30 a.m.

After apparently running off the roadway, the car slid out of control across both the highway and through a deep ditch before skidding another 100 yards on its side, then slamming into a large tree.

“There was not another vehicle involved,” Glossup said. “We don’t know what happened. It looked like she may have run off the road and over-corrected or something like that, but she hit a large tree."

The impactwrapped the top of the car around the tree. Emergency workers were forced to use "jaws of life" to get into the car.

The accident is being investigated by Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Brandon Stribling and Ray Ragan. The troopers were assisted at the accident scene by Hopkins County sheriff's deputies and Cumby Volunteer Fire Department.

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