Semi Hits Car- Bystander Killed

1-13-04 - A horrific accident along Highway 75 in Van Alstyne takes the life of a Durant woman who was standing outside her car when it was struck by a semi.

It happened around 11pm Monday night. 43-year-old Pamala Ellis Gassoumov of Durant was standing by her car in the right hand lane when a tractor-trailer rear-ended it at full speed. The semi dragged the car and the woman almost 400 feet before both vehicles burst into flames.

Gassoumov was pronounced dead around midnight. Authorities say her vehicle did not have it's hazard lights on. The semi driver was not injured.

Crews worked the scene all night.


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