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Woman killed in Coleman crash, three others injured

COLEMAN, Texas - One woman is dead and three others are injured following a Sunday morning crash in Coleman.

According to Coleman police, the crash occurred at the U.S. 84 bypass around 11:20 a.m. after the driver of a pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic and collided with an SUV.

Chief Ray Moses described the collision in a press release: "A maroon 2007 Chevrolet pickup driven by Ryan Schuessler of Mason, Texas with a passenger Rebecca Schuesser also of Mason, Texas were traveling north on U.S. 84 Bypass in Coleman and veered to the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic. A blue 2013 Honda Pilot SUV was traveling southbound, driven by Tara Ritter of Aztec, New Mexico with a passenger Joyce Loomis of Aztec, New Mexico.  When the driver of the Honda Pilot SUV saw the Chevrolet pickup had veered into the wrong lane the driver of the Honda moved into the northbound lane to avoid the collision and the driver of the Chevrolet veered back into the northbound lane and the vehicles collided head-on."

Loomis, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body has been transported to the Allcorn Funeral Home in Coleman. The Schuessers and Ritter were airlifted to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

The Coleman County Sheriff's Department, Texas Highway Patrol, Heart of Texas EMS, and Coleman Fire Department also responded to the crash. Coleman Police Sgt. Doug Butler is investigating the crash.

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