Gloria Goulet Killed, 2 Injured in Stamford, TX, Bus Accident
Stamford, TX -- February 10, 2017, Gloria Goulet was killed, 2 others injured, following an accident involving a retirement home bus.
The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident at around 10:30 a.m. just outside of Stamford.
According to DPS reports, 36-year-old Tewanna Moore was driving a Ford E-350 van for a retirement home. It's unclear how many people were on-board at the time. 76-year-old Goulet was one of these passengers.
Preliminary reports state that the bus attempted to cross the highway, but entered the turn to quickly. This caused the bus to run over both northbound and southbound traffic lanes and run off the roadway. The bus eventually came to a halt in a cotton field.
During the crash, Goulet was thrown out of her wheelchair onto the floorboard. She sustained critical injuries and was rushed to Stamford Memorial for treatment. She later died there. Moore and another passenger were injured in the accident and also treated at a nearby hospital.
Authorities did not report any charges or citations following the incident. They say the crash remains under investigation.
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