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Death of Thuy Trang

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"One of the hardest roles for me to accept was Trini's role because Thuy is gone now. It would be tough for me to see anybody in that role." - Austin St. John

On September 3, 2001, Trang was traveling with her friend, the actress and model Angela Rockwood, for whom Thuy Trang was to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming marriage to Dustin Nguyen.

They were passengers in a car traveling on Interstate 5 between San Jose and Los Angeles, driving back late at night after having visited Rockwood's maid of honor in San Jose. The car swerved violently across the road before hitting the roadside rock face, flipping several times before hitting the safety rail and plunging over the bank and into a second rock face. Rockwood was thrown 35 feet out of the car and survived, but severed her spinal cord and was paralyzed from the neck down. The driver also survived the accident. She suffered internal injuries and after a paramedic inserted a tracheal tube in her throat, blood began gushing out due to internal bleeding. A helicopter arrived to take her to the hospital, but she died along the way.

This page is dedicated to Thuy Trang (December 14, 1973 – September 3, 2001)


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