Traffic accident claims a life

BEN WHEELER, TX - A 59 year old Ben Wheeler woman is dead following a traffic accident on Highway 64 West, near the Smith and Van Zandt County line.

DPS reports Donna Smith died at the scene of the wreck which occurred Thursday at 7:25 am.

DPS said that Smith ran head on into a car in the opposite lane after she was forced to take evasive action when she was cut off by a driver attempting to pass her. The driver of that car  fled the scene.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle is hopitalized in Tyler and is in stable condition.