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Polk driver hits, kills Lake Lure man in head-on crash

RUTHERFORDTON—A head-on collision took the life of an elderly man from Lake Lure after a Polk County man allegedly hit his vehicle Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred on U.S. 64/74 in Rutherford County, near Green Hill.

A truck driven by Donny Trey Ruff, of Mill Spring, swerved and hit a vehicle driven by Joseph McDaniel Sr., 87, of Lake Lure, according to police reports.

Ruff was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to reports from the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Ruff was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

McDaniel was driving a Nissan pick-up truck, and Ruff was driving a Dodge pick-up truck, according to reports.

The cause of the crash was still unknown as of Friday morning. The investigation continues, with charges still pending.