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2/18/06-Longview

Family Speaks On Kilgore Train Accident

Family members are trying to come to terms with a tragic train crash that claimed the life of a mother and daughter, and seriously injured two other family members. It happened last Sunday just outside Kilgore. Inside the truck were four family members and a friend. Melody Daugherty, 35, and her daughter Hallie Daugherty, 11, died at the scene. Hallie's father Donnie Ray and her sister, Chasity remain hospitalized with serious injuries.

Investigators say Donnie Daugherty saw the oncoming train but was unable to stop in time to avoid being hit. Family members are now praying for the recovery of those who survived, but are heartbroken at the loss of Melody and Hallie.  "It's a day by day process you can't see past today. We've suffered a lot of tragedy in our lives and we've learned, we never know what tomorrow's going to bring," said Melody's aunt Sherry O'Brien.

Melody had returned to college trying for a business degree. The tragic crash has many trying to hold on to memories of both.  "How proud I was of Melody for going back to school and how proud I was of Hallie for being the happy child she was, laughing, eating, talking, just being the close family that we always have been," said Sherry.

And many wonder what Hallie would have done with her life.  "So full of life and what she might have been when she grew up," said her uncle Rocky Slack.  "If you ever gave her a chance, she was your friend right away. She befriended everybody, old young, she just loved everybody," said cousin Cricket Kappan.

In reflection now, they think of the things they never got to say to them.  "Always make a point to say I love you," said Rocky.

A candlelight service will be held for Melody and Hallie on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at First Assembly of God in Overton.

Bob hallmark reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

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