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One killed, two injured in vehicle accident


COLDSPRING – Twentytwo- year-old Coldspring resident Hope Renee Padgett died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident early Thursday morning. Padgett was driving a 1997 Buick on Hwy. 156, traveling north just past FM 945, Coldspring, when she ran off the left side of the road and struck a pine tree, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Kevin McKellar. "The accident occurred at 3:30 a.m.," McKellar said. "It took nearly three hours for those working the scene to free Padgett from the vehicle. The exact cause of death is pending an autopsy report." Two passengers in the back seat of the vehicle were transported to Conroe Memorial Hospital. According to McKellar, Lauren Bennett, 23, of Coldspring, suffered a broken collarbone, bumps, bruises and scrapes. William Viands, 32, of Coldspring, sustained minor injuries and was later released.


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