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WEB UPDATE: Drivers identified in collision that killed UPS employee

The Union photo/Pico van HoutryveFirefighters rush to free the trapped driver of a UPS van Tuesday night, when authorities say a large stolen commercial truck crashed head-on into the delivery van. The UPS driver died at the scene.
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This morning, authorities identified the suspect and victim in a Tuesday night collision that ended in the death of a UPS delivery driver after being rammed head-on by a reportedly stolen commercial truck.

The Nevada County Coroner’s Office identified the UPS driver as Drew William Reynolds, 33, of Grass Valley. The California Highway Patrol said he died at the crash scene just south of Town Talk Road.

CHP officers arrested the other driver, Scott Krause, 37, of Nevada City, for felony driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

The crash occurred between Idaho Maryland Road and Sutton Way at about 5:30 p.m. when the stolen truck, headed east on Brunswick, crossed over the double-yellow line and collided with the UPS truck, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dee Lavrador said.

The truck, belonging to Sierra Tile and Stone on Idaho Maryland Road, was reported as being driven recklessly before the crash, she said. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier that day.

Krause suffered minor injuries, mostly lacerations, Lavrador said. He was taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on Tuesday night.

Crews responding to the accident found Reynolds inside the severely damaged van, which was lying at a 45-degree angle on it’s side and leaning up against a power pole. Emergency crews had to cut into the UPS truck to remove Reynolds.

Glass and truck parts, including an entire windshield and engine shrapnel, littered the road around the accident site.

Throughout much of the evening, Brunswick was closed off at Sutton Way. For a few hours immediately after the accident, Idaho Maryland also was closed off near Sutton Way.

Originally, authorities believed there was a second person in the stolen truck, as a purse was found inside. But after a helicopter searched from above and Nevada County Consolidated firefighters used flashlights to search the thick shrubbery nearby, that possibility was ruled out.

Grass Valley Police and Grass Valley Fire also responded to the call.

For updates on this story, return to http://www.theunion.com throughout the day.

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