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Family of Girl With Leukemia Deal With New Tragedy

The family of 5 year-old Briley Hostas is dealing with a fatal car wreck last night.
A Seymour family is dealing with yet another tragedy tonight after a fatal car wreck last night.
   
You may remember hearing about Briley Hostas.  She's the 5 year-old Seymour girl who captivated the town and the area after she was diagnosed with leukemia.
   
Last night, Briley and her younger brother Bryson were in a car wreck with their grandmother Gloria.  Briley broke both of her legs and her pelvis.  Her grandmother, Gloria, was killed.
   
"I do want to express our thoughts and prayers [are with] the Herring and Hostas families, for the tragedy," said Bill Brown, the Chief of the Seymour VFD, "I just want them to know we're thinking about them and praying for them."

Almost everyone in the town of Seymour has a heavy heart, after news of Thursday night's accident began to spread.

A DPS Trooper marked the area where the tragedy happened along tha stretch of U.S. 277 just west of Seymour.

A Chevy Suburban driven by Gloria Herring was struck by a semi-truck on the driver's side.

Troopers said Gloria was pronounced dead at the scene, her two grandchildren ,Briley and Bryson Hostas, were also in the vehicle, belted into car seats in the back.

Bryson suffered minor injuries.

5-year-old Briley broke both her legs and her pelvis.

To make matters worse, Gloria's daughter and Briley and Bryson's mom, Alicia Hostas, witnessed the entire accident.

Briley and Bryson's father, John, was one of the EMT's who responded to the scene.

"When it's somebody that's in your family, as far as the fire department family, then it makes it even tougher," said Chief Brown, "it's just a tragic situation."

Texoma first came to know Briley and her family after she was diagnosed with leukemia when she was three.

The town rallied behind her to support her and her family.

At Seymour Elementary on Thursday, where Alicia Hostas teaches kindergarten, teacher's wore Team Briley t-shirts to show support for the family who's experienced so much heartache.

"Briley's come a long way, and now this is a big setback," said Lynann Stewart, another teacher at the school, "and Alicia's mom has been their rock through all of this, and she's lost right now."

But if Alicia Hostas is anything, her friend's say she's positive. Always willing to look on the bright side.

"Alicia was still in the frame of mind even [Thursday] night," explained Stewart, "she was still putting God first."

And friends said it's that faith which will help the Hostas family pick up the pieces one more time, and move forward.   

"It sure makes your own problems or things you're concerned about seem very petty," said Stewart, "and it puts things in perspective."

Seymour Elementary and several other residents in Seymour, including County Commissioner Jim Stout, are already planning benefits for the Hostas family to help cover the cost of these latest medical bills.
   
To help the family, visit the Team Briley website.
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