Yantis woman, 34, dies after pickup hits tree Daughter, 10, flown to Dallas hospital

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 4, 2008 - A Yantis woman was killed and her 10-year-old daughter flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas following an automobile crash on FM 514 south shortly after noon Tuesday.

Melanie Greene, 34, reportedly had just picked up her fourth grade daughter, Amanda Hendricks, from Yantis Elementary School Tuesday and was driving to Emory. At 12:10 p.m., about 1 mile west of Yantis on FM 514 south, the crash occurred.

Greene apparently lost control of the Chevrolet 4x4 pickup she was driving while rounding a corner, causing the vehicle to hit a tree.

"The driver was deceased on the scene," Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon Owens said. "The child, 10 years old, was flown to Children's in Dallas by medical helicopter. The child was out [of the pickup] when we got there. She was up talking. ... The lady had to be cut out."

The medical helicopter was landed at the crash scene to fly the child to the Dallas trauma center for treatment of a broken leg and possible internal injuries.

Firefighters from four area departments, Wood County sheriff's officers and state troopers responded at the location.

Owens was in charge of the accident investigation.

In addition to Hendricks, Greene reportedly also has another young child, who was not involved in the crash.

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