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Monmouth man killed in head-on crash near Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, OR (KPTV) -

A Monmouth man died when his car was struck head-on by a vehicle going in the opposite direction.

Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash on the 13000 block of Buena Vista Road south of Independence just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Deputies said a vehicle driven by Kester Harry of Albany crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by Daniel Chico Hernandez, 37, of Monmouth.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harry was taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis and later transferred to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland because of the extent of his injuries. An update on his condition wasn't available.

Deputies said there weren't any other passengers in either vehicle.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused Harry to veer into oncoming traffic.

Oregon State Police, the Polk County District Attorney's Office and the county medical examiner's office are assisting with the investigation.

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