Driver killed, another seriously hurt in Puyallup head-on crash

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PUYALLUP, Wash. -- One person died and another was seriously hurt in a head-on crash Monday morning, forcing the closure of a busy Puyallup road.

The crash happened before 10:00 a.m. on River Road near 15th Street NW.

Deputy Chief Dave McDonald said a man in his late 50s was driving eastbound when his car crossed the center lane, sideswiped one car, and then hit a westbound minivan head-on. He was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.

The female driver of the minivan was taken to different hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, he said. Police are still investigating and hope to open the road by 1 p.m.

McDonald said it is too early to tell if speed or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

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