UPDATE: I-70 westbound reopened after wrong-way collision, driver identified by KHP

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Westbound Interstate 70 in west Topeka was shut down after a two-vehicle crash Friday morning.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identified Mark Layne Pudwill, 55, of Topeka, as the driver going the wrong way on I-70 Friday morning.

Brent Allen Edgecomb, 37, of Lenexa, was traveling westbound in the westbound lanes when he was hit head-on by Pudwill. Edgecomb was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital.

Both men were wearing seatbelts, according to the KHP.

The road was reopened at 9:25 a.m. according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Topeka Metro KDOT encouraged drivers to find an alternative route if they are traveling westbound. Westbound traffic was being diverted onto north 75.

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Law enforcement confirmed to KSNT that the head-on crash was the result of a wrong-way driver.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is diverting traffic.

KSNT will update as more information becomes available.