MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man is dead and another has life-threatening injuries after a crash Wednesday in Rice County.

Authorities say 27-year-old William Elmer Potter, of Waterville, was traveling eastbound on Highway 60 in Warsaw Township. A van driven by a 40-year-old Cannon Falls man was traveling westbound on Highway 60 when he crossed the center line and collided with Potter’s vehicle.

William Potter (credit: Will Potter's Facebook)

William Potter (credit: Will Potter’s Facebook)

Potter died in the crash. The 40-year-old was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officials say Potter was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The Waterville Fire Department posted a message to their Facebook, saying Potter joined the department in January and “displayed all the characteristics of being a firefighter.”

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