A two vehicle head-on crash in the lower Yakima Valley on Thursday left one dead and two others seriously injured.

THE CRASH WAS REPORTED AT 2:00PM NEAR DONALD WAPATO ROAD

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says Deputies were called to the 3900 block of Yakima Valley Highway just east of Donald Wapato Road at about 2:00PM Thursday. When they arrived they found one driver dead and two others seriously injured with one driver trapped in a vehicle. Deputies say the driver of a 2002 Hyundai Sonata was traveling westbound on Yakima Valley Highway when the driver, for some unknown reason crossed the center line and crashed into a  2005 GMC Yukon traveling eastbound with two people inside.

ONE DRIVER DIED THE OTHER SUFFERED BROKEN HIPS

The driver of the Hyundai died at the scene of the crash but authorities had to work to remove the two people in the Yukon. In fact officials say they had to cut off the door and use the jaws of life to remove the driver of the Yukon from the vehicle. That driver was taken to a local hospital then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of serious injuries including two broken hips. The other passenger was taken to a local hospital also for treatment of serious injuries. No identities have been released.

HEAD-ON CRASHES ARE RARE BUT MOST ALWAYS SERIOUS

The case remains under investigation by the Yakima County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit. They're trying to figure out why the driver of the Hyundia crossed the center line and caused the crash. Local authorities says head-on crashes are rare but when they do happen the injuries are often very serious.

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