1 Killed when pickup hits building; Glendale Ave. closed

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- One person was killed when a pickup truck crashed into the side of a building early Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 2:30 a.m. at 59th and Glendale avenues. The truck was westbound on Glendale Avenue when it hit the outside wall of a barber shop.

The driver of the pickup, 47-year-old Sean Brannen of Phoenix, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Investigators do not know what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle.

"It doesn't appear that speed or impairment were factors but we just don't know yet. It's still early in the investigation," said Officer Tracey Breeden of the Glendale Police Department. "We also don't know if it was any medical reason for the accident. He was in the truck by himself. There were no other passengers on scene."

It appears that Brannen had been driving his Ford truck westbound on Glendale Avenue and veered across into the eastbound lanes. His vehicle then left the roadway, striking a concrete water well and then the barber shop where it came to rest.

Glendale Avenue was closed from 59th to 63rd avenues for several hours but has since reopened. The Imperial Barber Shop sustained only minor damage to its exterior.

Police are asking anyone who might have seen the crash to contact them 623-930-3000.