LACEY, Wash. -- Troopers just cleared the scene of an overnight head-on collision that killed a man and sent two women and a baby to the hospital.
The accident happened just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday on Nisqually Cut-off Road and Martin Way East just north of Lacey.
Troopers say a Lakewood man was speeding on Nisqually Cut-off Road, which runs parallel with I-5. As the 27-year-old driver was coming around a curve, he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a car carrying two women and a baby girl.
The collision smashed the entire front of the car that had the baby inside and sent the SUV down an embankment.
Troopers say the man was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from his SUV and died at the scene of the crash.
"It was definitely a traumatic collision scene," said Guy Gil, Washington State Trooper. "A lot of upset folks here, but luckily the people in the victim vehicle look like they're going to be ok."
As for the "victim car" the trooper was referring to, the other driver, an Olympia woman, was airlifted to Harborview. Troopers say the 27-year-old woman suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.
The latest update on the other two passengers in her car, a 22-year-old woman and 1-year-old baby girl, is that they are ok. The two were taken St. Peter's hospital as a precaution to get checked out.
Troopers say speed was a factor in the crash. Also the driver who passed away did not have a seatbelt on. They're investigating with a toxicology screen to see if drugs or alcohol were also a factor.