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VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas — One person has died and another has been critically injured after a head-on collision on State Highway 243 at the Kaufman-Van Zandt County line, according to officials.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m. on State Highway 243 in Van Zandt County, just east of the Kaufman County line and 13 miles west of Canton, Texas.

A Ford Focus traveling east on SH 243 attempted to pass a vehicle and struck a westbound traveling Ford F-150, head on, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lonny Haschel told inForney.com citing preliminary investigation.

"Firefighters found the driver of the [Ford Focus] heavily entrapped," statedto the College Mound Fire Department. "The victim was extricated and found to be deceased by CareFlite paramedics."

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the deceased at 18-year-old Joseph Cortez of Quinlan, Texas.

The driver and sole occupant of the pickup truck, identified by police as Peyton Birdwell of Canton, Texas, was airlifted by CareFlite to Baylor University Medical Center with serious injuries.