Indio Police cruiser
An Indio Police cruiser. Courtesy of the department

A wrong-way driver was killed and his passenger seriously injured Thursday in a mysterious head-on crash in Indio, police said.

The collision involving three vehicles was reported just after 7 a.m. on Avenue 42, just west of Jackson Street, according to Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron.

The driver was traveling against traffic in the eastbound lanes when his car struck a pickup truck head-on, Guitron said. The truck then jolted backward and into a car behind it, according to police.

There was no word of why the dead driver had been travelling the wrong way, nor what the relationship was between the driver and his injured passenger.

The wrong-way driver was pronounced dead at an area hospital. His name was not immediately released.

His passenger, a woman whose name was withheld, suffered injuries described as serious and was also taken to a hospital.

Paramedics treated several patients at the scene for minor injuries, Guitron said. However, it appeared there were no other serious injuries outside of the death vehicle.

The intersection of Avenue 42 and Jackson Street was completely closed for several hours while crews cleared the wreckage and investigated the cause of the crash. It was partially reopened by early afternoon.

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