Founding Member Of Dixie Chicks Killed In Car Crash

A founding member of the legendary Dixie Chicks, Laura Lynch, died on Saturday following her involvement in a car crash in Texas.

According to the Daily Caller, Lynch, 64, was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle that was attempting to pass on a two-way highway. Early reports suggest the legendary musician was driving eastbound on U.S. 62 when another driver traveling westbound attempted to pass another vehicle on a “two-way undivided portion of the highway.

The second driver’s vehicle instantly caught fire on impact, according to reports. First responders arrived and transported the driver to a nearby hospital where they are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Lynch, on the other hand, was pronounced dead on the scene. Her vehicle rested inoperable in the westbound lane.

The 64-year-old’s band members took to their social media account to pay tribute to their former band member, describing her as a “bright light.”

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Laura Lynch, a founding member of The Chicks. We hold a special place in our hearts for the time we spent playing music, laughing and traveling together,” the group wrote on Instagram. “Laura was a bright light…her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band. Laura had a gift for design, a love of all things Texas and was instrumental in the early success of the band. Her undeniable talents helped propel us beyond busking on street corners to stages all across Texas and the mid-West. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this sad time.”

Lynch co-founded the group alongside members Robin Lynn Macy, Martie Erwin and Emily Erwin in 1989. She was the group’s upright bass player before eventually taking the role of singer. She recorded three albums with the group before leaving. She was later replaced with Natalie Maines.