Kettle Falls driver killed in head-on crash

— A local man was killed early this morning following a head-on, two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 395 two miles south of town in Stevens County.

Jay E. Pratt, 34, of Kettle Falls, was pronounced dead at Mount Carmel Hospital, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Pratt was northbound in his 2003 Kia Rio on the highway, crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on at about 5:24 a.m., the patrol reported.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 2010 Subaru Forester, was also injured.

Debra A. Lindberg, 59, of Kettle Falls, was transported to Mount Carmel Hospital for treatment of her injuries, the patrol reported. Lindberg was wearing a seatbelt.

The highway was closed while the scene was investigated, the patrol reported, noting it reopened to traffic at 9:18 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation and authorities have yet to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors.

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