Just received a Myspace bulletin from Ernie Haase & Signature Sound that Dottie’s bus was hit by a storm, either last night or this morning, and she
and her bus driver were killed. Very shocked right now. Please keep the family in your prayers….
Update: I’m extremely shocked at this news. Mrs. Rambo was certainly an SG legend and will be sorely missed. I’ve enjoyed hearing tunes she penned such as “The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me” and “He Looked Beyond My Faults.” I have not read the book Driving Miss Dottie, but in light of this unfortunate event, I am going to try to get a copy.
Once again, please keep the family in your prayers at this time.
Further Update: Press release from Singing News:
BOONE, NC(Singing News) – Singing News has confirmed that legendary singer/songwriter Dottie Rambo was killed in an early morning bus accident. Early reports indicate that the accident was weather-related, and that several other passengers aboard the bus were also injured. The family was notified early this morning that the accident happened near Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Manager Larry Ferguson is still unconscious and has two broken legs.
Updated Information from Missouri authorities:
At 2:19 a.m.,Missouri State Troopers responded to the accident that took place on I-44, two miles east of Mt. Vernon, Missouri. According to the Troopers’ report, the 1997 Prevost Dottie was traveling aboard ran off the roadway, struck the guard rail and an embankment. Dottie was pronounced dead at the scene by Lawrence County (Mo.) Coroner Don Lakin at 4:20 a.m.
Aboard the bus were Dottie’s product manager Christopher Barnes, Larry & Judy Ferguson, their children Pierce and Christian, and driver Ronnie Meadows.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
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