Fatal crash

WOOD COUNTY – A seven-month-old male passenger involved in a two-vehicle crash on Texas Highway 37 outside Mineola died Sunday night at Children’s Medical Center, according to DPS.

Troopers responded to the two-vehicle fatal crash about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, according to preliminary reports, said Sgt. Jean Dark, public information officer for the Tyler Region DPS.

The incident occurred approximately three miles north of Mineola in Wood County. A 2015 Dodge Journey driven by Anna Ruth Bates, 46, of Quitman, was traveling north along the Highway 37 around a curve to the right in the roadway. 

“At the same time, the driver of a 2003 Toyota 4Runner, Kaylie Michelle Hasten, 24, of Mineola, was traveling south on the same roadway,” and the Toyota crossed into the opposing lane, striking the other vehicle in a head-on collision, Dark said.

Bates was pronounced dead at the scene by Wood County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Janae Holland, and was taken to Beaty Funeral Home in Quitman. 

Three children traveling with Bates – a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old girl, along with a seven-month-old boy – were transported to UT Health – Tyler, where they were listed in stable condition. However, the infant was later transported to Children's Medical Center, where he died.

Hasten was transported to CHRISTUS Mother Francis Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, while a one-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was transported to UT-Health –Tyler and was listed in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation, according to Dark.

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