From State Trooper Jean Dark
On June 3, 2016 troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SH-154 six miles west of the city of Gilmer in Upshur County. Preliminary crash investigation revealed that a 2013 Kia Soul was traveling west on SH-164. A 1991 Chevrolet 1500 was traveling east on SH-154 in the westbound lane. The driver of the Kia veered left to avoid a collision at which time the Chevrolet veered right. The vehicles struck.
The driver of the Kia was identified as Bailee Russell, 17 years-old of Holly Lake Ranch. A passenger in her vehicle was identified as Haley Johnson, 19 years-old of Big Sandy. Johnson was pronounced dead a the scene by JP Rhonda Welch, her body was taken to Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer. Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as Cameron Johnson, 17 years-old of Big Sandy. Mr. Johnson was taken to Longview Regional Hospital, Longview. Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as Alecia Allen, 17 years-old of Gilmer. Ms. Allen was taken to Good Shepard Hospital in Longview.
The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Robert Frazier, 23 years-old of Gilmer. Mr. Frazier was taken to Longview Region Hospital as a result of the crash.