WICHITA, Kan. — Two car crashes occurred in opposite corners of metro Wichita, as Thursday turned into Friday. Each crash left a person injured.
Troopers say the first crash involved a wrong-way driver on K-96. He reportedly was in the westbound lanes around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, weaving from one side of the road to the other between Ridge and Tyler. Eventually his car flew over both westbound lanes, and rolled one-and-a-half times.
Emergency crews found the driver, Mark Stevens from Chesterfield, Missouri with critical injuries. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center. Troopers say the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
The second crash overnight left a driver with serious burns. Wichita police dispatchers say the driver hit a power pole around 1:00 a.m. Friday in the Derby area at 63rd Street and K-15, catching his car on fire.
The fire from that crash caused a short power outage for about 1,700 Westar Energy customers in Derby and Oaklawn. Service was restored in about 20 minutes.