Troopers: 1 person killed after head-on collision on Hwy 421

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BOONE, N.C. - Emergency crews responded to a deadly crash east of Boone on Thursday around 5:30 p.m.

Officials said one person has died.

Troopers said a maroon-colored 2012 Toyota Highlander was traveling southbound on Highway 421 and North Pine Run Road in Watauga County. It crossed the median into the northbound lane.

The Toyota hit a blue 2007 Jeep Patriot head on. The Highlander then continued, hit then flipped over the guardrail.

The Toyota was driven by 79-year-old Margaret Stechman of Boone. The Jeep was driven by Steven Havner of Boone. His front seat passenger, who has not been identified, was killed.