A 24-year-old Wichita woman died early Friday morning when the car she was driving — going the wrong way — hit a bridge rail structure and caught fire on K-254 at Oliver, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
The Highway Patrol identified the woman as Brooke L. Spainhower.
A patrol report said she was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry that “failed to negotiate” a curve, hit the end of a bridge rail structure and caught fire. The accident was reported around 1:45 a.m.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Spainhower was driving in the wrong lane — going west in an eastbound lane, Trooper Chad Crittenden said.
As to what caused her to be in the wrong lane, Crittenden said, “We do not know what happened, unfortunately.” A witness saw the car after it had crashed. But so far, investigators don’t know of any eyewitness to the crash, he said.