A car dangled off the southbound side of the Clark Memorial Bridge after Wednesday's deadly crash.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge) and nearby Ohio River traffic were closed for three hours Wednesday after a deadly crash that left a car hanging off the southbound side of the bridge.
Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said a woman driving south on Second Street in a gray BMW drifted into the northbound lanes for undetermined reasons, then drifted back into the southbound lanes before losing control of the vehicle and hitting an iron bridge support. The driver, described as a Caucasian woman possibly in her mid-20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mitchell said the woman did not appear to be wearing a seat belt.
The car slammed into fencing along the bridge's sidewalk, leaving one wheel hanging off the side.
"We're still in the very early stages of the investigation at this point," Mitchell said of the one-car crash. "We also have members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that are here assessing the damage to the bridge, mainly the fencing around it."
Andrea Clifford, Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said bridge engineers inspected the bridge and determined it is safe for vehicular traffic. A temporary railing was installed at the crash site, Clifford added, and a more permanent railing will be installed at a later date.
An LMPD river unit patrolled the waters near the bridge, keeping river traffic away from the scene. "We just want to make sure that everything's sound," Mitchell said. "We want to make sure that everything is safe."
The crash happened around noon. All lanes of the bridge reopened about three hours later.