A Chevrolet Lumina struck a Ford F350 truck pulling a trailer at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on West Highway 82. The driver of the Lumina was taken by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital. The passenger was pronounced dead a short time later at NTMC.

An Oak Ridge mother was seriously injured and her daughter killed yesterday during an accident at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 4500 block of East Highway 82.

The women, Gladys Boswell Bell, 59 of Ranch Mart Road and Ruth Ann-Marie Bass, 30, also of Ranch Mart Road were traveling on the westbound side of Highway 82 when their white Chevrolet Lumina struck a maroon Ford F350 pickup truck pulling an empty heavy-duty flatbed trailer.

A Gainesville Fire Department unit was returning from an unrelated call when fire fighters saw the accident and stopped to assist the victims, Chief Carl Dunlap said Wednesday.

He said the first officer who arrived on scene said it looked as if the Lumina had struck the Ford as it attempted to turn into a private drive on Highway 82.

“The officer was unable to find skid marks on the highway, but saw deep gouges behind the Chevy Lumina. He stated he believed they occurred after impact and were caused by parts of the Chevy digging into the highway,” Dunlap said.

He said the driver of the truck, John Webb, 55, of Gainesville, told officers the Chevy hit him from behind, leaving his vehicle partially in the private drive and partially in the roadway.

Bell was taken by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

EMS responders removed Bass from the passenger side of the crushed Lumina and were trying to revive her in the back of an ambulance when the first GPD officer arrived. Bass was transported to North Texas Medical Center where a doctor pronounced her dead shortly after arrival.

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