A driver strayed into the wrong lane on a northwestern Wisconsin highway, killing one motorist traveling the other way and injuring two people in a third vehicle, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Hwy. 35 in Oakland Township, about 3 miles south of Danbury, the Burnett County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

Paul W. Hinds, 66, of Webster, Wis., was dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Office said. The other three vehicle occupants were treated for noncritical injuries.

According to the Sheriff's Office:

Karlynda K. Jones, 27, of Webster, was traveling south on Hwy. 35 in a minivan, crossed the centerline and hit Hinds' car. She then hit a minivan driven by James P. Grant, 55, of Forest Lake, Minn., who had a child in the vehicle with him.

Authorities have not commented on what might have caused Jones to cross into the wrong lane.

Paul Walsh