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Laura Lynch, founding member of The Dixie Chicks, killed in head-on crash in Texas

Dec. 23, 2023

Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Dixie Chicks, was killed in a head-on crash in Texas, authorities confirmed Saturday. She was 65.

HUDSPETH COUNTY, Texas (KABC) — Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Dixie Chicks, was killed in a head-on crash in Texas, authorities confirmed Saturday. She was 65.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash happened Friday around 5:45 p.m. just outside of El Paso.

Investigators say Lynch was driving on a two-way highway, heading eastbound, when the driver of a Dodge Ram, heading westbound, attempted to pass another vehicle. As the driver traveled onto the oncoming lane, they crashed into Lynch’s vehicle head-on, authorities said.

Lynch’s vehicle came to a stop and “was inoperable,” authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge Ram was rushed to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to Texas DPS, Lynch was not wearing a seatbelt.

The band posted a statement on its official X account, formerly known as Twitter, calling the artist “a bright light.”

Lynch, an upright bass player, founded The Dixie Chicks alongside three other women in 1989, according to the band’s biography on Country Music Television’s website.

In June 2020, the band changed its name to just “The Chicks.”