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Metro investigating deadly west Las Vegas crash

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Police investigate a crash at Buffalo Drive and Alta Drive on Aug. 22, 2017. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Police investigate a crash at Buffalo Drive and Alta Drive on Aug. 22, 2017. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)

Las Vegas Metro police said one person was killed in a deadly head-on crash that also involved a third vehicle in west Las Vegas Tuesday morning. 

The incident occurred at 8:47 a.m. near Buffalo Drive and Alta Drive. Metro traffic bureau Sergeant Paul McCullough confirmed an elderly woman in her 60's was found deceased at the scene by arriving officers.

McCullough said the preliminary investigation indicated that a Honda Civic traveling northbound on Buffalo Drive lost control for "unknown reasons" on the roadway and crossed over the center median onto incoming traffic. 

The Civic struck the left front of a Kia Rio traveling southbound on Buffalo Drive resulting in a head-on collision, police said. 

Police said the collision caused the Rio to rotate in the travel lanes and was struck on the passenger side by a Ford E350 cargo van that was also traveling southbound on Buffalo Drive. 

Officers have not determined why the Civic lost control and they mentioned impairment was not suspected. 

Both drivers of the Civic and Rio were transported to University Medical Center. The elderly woman was a passenger in the Rio and was officially pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

"They are going to be fine, they suffered some minor injuries," said McCullough regarding the condition of the two drivers. 

The intersection was closed for a few hours pending the investigation, police said. 

According to police, witnesses told officers they saw a vehicle engaging in a "speed contest" with the Civic prior to the crash. 

This is the 85th traffic fatality in Metro's jurisdiction for 2017.

Anyone with additional information regarding the possible involvement of another vehicle is urged to contact LVMPD's Accident Investigation Section at 702-828-3128.

FOX5 will continue to update this story as the investigation develops. 

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