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Chewelah man killed in SR 395 crash near Addy

ADDY, Wash - Fatal crash vo

A Chewelah man died Friday morning after a crash on State Route 395 three miles south of Addy.

The crash happened just after 6 a.m. near milepost 214. 

According to the Washington State Patrol, a 1993 Ford pickup truck crossed the centerline and collided with a 2002 Kia Spectra.  The driver of the Spectra died at St. Joseph Hospital an hour after the crash. 

The other driver was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane.  MedStar could not fly into the area due to fog.

The crash blocked the road in both directions for more than three hours, forcing the Department of Transportation to reroute traffic until the road was cleared.

"We're investigating right now measuring and documenting and trying to get information we have already talked to the other driver a little bit down at the hospital and it looks like driver inattention that caused the vehicle to go over the centerline right now," WSP Sergeant Chan St. Clair said.

St. Clair had to make two difficult calls after the crash; the first to the parents of Aaron Huff, 32, of Chewelah who was killed in the crash. The second was to Huff's pregnant wife.

The preliminary investigation doesn't suggest drugs or alcohol had anything to do with this crash.

"Whether the driver was reaching, talking, trying to reach for something or texting, we have no idea right now," St. Clair.

The driver of the pickup truck, 20-year-old Jacob Kraght of Ferndale, was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane with serious injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The State Patrol is continuing their investigation into the crash.