A driver was killed in a Wednesday afternoon crash on U.S. 64.

The person killed was traveling on U.S. 64 near Brendletown Grocery when they crossed the centerline of the highway and hit another car head-on at around 4:21 p.m., said 1st Sgt. C.M. Tedder with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Both cars came to a rest in the parking lot of the store.

The drivers of both cars were transported to Carolinas Health Care System Blue Ridge-Morganton, where the driver of the car that crossed the centerline later died.

The other driver had non-debilitating injuries, Tedder said.

The person killed was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Tedder said.

Impairment from alcohol and drugs was not suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash, but it is possible that some kind of cognitive impairment affected the driving of the person who died, Tedder said.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

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