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Kilgore College student dies in Tuesday wreck

From Staff Reports
Oct. 25, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.


Kilgore College student Chelsea Elaine Kirkland, 19, from Tatum, was killed in a traffic accident Tuesday morning on Texas 31 in Smith County, officials said.

Kirkland was a sophomore and a twirler with the Kilgore College band who started classes at the college in the fall of 2009, college officials said.

The fatal wreck happened about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Texas 31 near the Smith County Road 25 intersection. Officials said a Cadillac was slowing down to make a U-turn when a sport utility vehicle driven by Kirkland came westbound over a hill and clipped the left rear bumper of the Cadillac.

Her SUV went out of control and rolled over several times. Kirkland was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

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