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Laura Lynch Of The Dixie Chicks Killed in Highway Accident

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Laura Lynch, who co-founded the Dixie Chicks back in 1989, has died in a car accident.

Lynch was 65.

The accident occurred when Lynch was driving east on a two line-highway near El Paso Texas when her car was hit by another vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction. The Texas Dept. Of Public Safety said that the other vehicle was trying to pass another car when the accident occurred. Lynch died at the scene of the accident and the driver of the car that struck her suffered from injuries that were deemed not life-threatening.

The Dell City, Texas-born Lynch sang lead and played upright bass for the Dixie Chicks before leaving the band in 1995.

She played on the first three Dixie Chicks albums: Thank Heavens for Dale Evans (1990), Little Ol’ Cowgirl (1992), and Shouldn’t a Told You That (1993).

The Dixie Chicks, who now are known as The Chicks, wrote a tribute to Lynch on social media: “Laura was a bright light…her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band. Laura had a gift for design, a love of all things Texas and was instrumental in the early success of the band. Her undeniable talents helped propel us beyond busking on street corners to stages all across Texas and the mid-West. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time. – Emily, Martie & Natalie”

Lynch is survived by her husband and daughter.