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Tucson police: 1 person killed in southeast-side crash

One person died in a two-vehicle collision Friday night on Tucson's southeast-side.

One person is dead and another in the hospital after a two-vehicle collision on the southeast side of town Friday night, authorities said.

Tucson Fire Department responded to a crash near 9300 South Wilmot Road at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said department spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker.

Each car had one occupant, one of which had to be extricated from the vehicle using the "Jaws of Life," Baker said.

Both occupants were transported to a local hospital.

The patient that had to be extracted from the vehicle was pronounced dead at the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash, said Tucson Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Bay.

During their investigation, traffic detectives determined that a 1999 Dodge Dynasty traveling northbound on Wilmot crossed over the painted divider that separates north and southbound traffic. It struck a 2003 Mercury Sable in the southbound lane "nearly head-on," according to police.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Identification of the deceased will be released pending notification of next of kin.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191. On Twitter: @caitlincschmidt.


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