One person died in a four-vehicle chain-reaction crash in Desert Hot Springs that also left another person seriously injured, police said Sunday.

The crash was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Desert Hot Springs police said a 37-year-old man driving a Chrysler Town & Country minivan failed to yield at State Route 62 and hit a northbound Ford Flex being driven by a 71-year-old man from Winterhaven.

The force of the impact pushed the minivan into the southbound side of State Route 62, where it collided with a Mini Cooper, driven by a 30-year-old man from Yucca Valley, police said.

In turn, the Mini Copper sideswiped a southbound Jeep Cherokee, driven by a 72-year-old man, according to police.

Two people had to be freed from the wreckage by emergency crews, Riverside County fire officials said. The driver and a passenger of the minivan suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital, where the driver later died.

An unspecified number of other minivan passengers, as well as the drivers of the Mini Cooper and Jeep, suffered minor injuries and were also taken to a hospital.

Police did not release the names of anyone involved in the crash.

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