One dead, one wounded in Highway 12 crash near Santa Rosa

A head-on collision left one person dead and another with major injuries Wednesday morning on Highway 12 near Santa Rosa.

A GMC Sierra pickup hit a Chevrolet flatbed truck around 10:30 a.m. east of Irwin Lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators say the GMC was heading east when it drifted into the opposite lane and collided with the westbound Chevrolet on the two-lane highway.

The GMC’s driver was killed and paramedics took the Chevrolet’s driver to Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for major injuries. Neither of their names were released.

Both vehicles had major damage. No other occupants or injuries were reported.

The highway was closed in each direction between Merced Avenue and Irwin Lane, according to CHP Officer Marcus Hawkins.

All lanes were reopened around 1:45 p.m.

Staff writer Colin Atagi contributed to this report.

You can reach Staff Writer Matt Pera at On Twitter @Matt__Pera.

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