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HANFORD — One man is dead after his car drifted into the opposite lane and crashed head-on into another vehicle early New Year’s Day, California Highway Patrol officials said.

On Monday, just after 2 a.m., officers were called to a traffic collision on State Route 43, south of Lansing Avenue.

During the course of the investigation, officers said they determined a 33-year-old man was driving a 2015 Nissan southbound at an undetermined rate of speed on State Route 43, south of Lansing Avenue. At the same time, a 41-year-old man was driving a 2002 Cadillac northbound on State Route 43 at approximately 60 miles per hour.

For reasons that are still being investigated, CHP officials said the driver of the Nissan allowed the Nissan to travel the wrong way from the southbound lane into the northbound lane of State Route 43 and directly into the path of the Cadillac, resulting in the two vehicles colliding head on.

As a result of the collision, officers said the driver of the Nissan sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene. His identity has not been released pending notification of family.

The driver of the Cadillac and his 38-year-old female passenger sustained injuries in the crash and were transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital. Their conditions were unavailable at this time.

This collision is still under investigation and CHP officials said they have not determined if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.

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