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A Spate of Fatal Accidents on NE Texas Roads

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two women killed in separate traffic accidents in Wood and Van Zandt counties Monday afternoon.

Seventy-two-year-old Barbara Fish of Yantis was killed in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 154 near Farm-to-Market 515 in Wood County. Police say she failed to stop at the intersection and was struck by a vehicle heading westbound on FM 515.

The driver of the second vehicle, was hospitalized in stable condition.

In Canton, police say 56-year-old Linda Abbott, was making a U-turn in the on State Highway 243, outside of Canton HS, Monday afternoon when she was hit by a speeding driver. Abbott was killed in the crash. The other driver was not injured.

The two fatalities continued a grim series of fatal accidents in Northeast Texas this week. Earlier  on Monday 40-year Stephen Close of Ladonia man died after being hit by a truck while walking along a ditch on Farm-to-Market 2990 near State Highway 34.The driver has not identified the driver, but is expected to face charges.

On Tuesday evening a crash in Grand Saline took the life of 51-year-old city resident Martha Maxfield. Police say Maxfield failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of US Highway 80 and Farm-to-Market 17 when she was struck by a pickup truck. Maxfield was reportedly thrown from the car and had not been wearing her seat belt.

The other driver was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.