A Burke County woman was killed in a crash Thursday (March 25). At approximately 2:20 p.m. Thursday, the NC State Highway Patrol responded to NC 181 near Spainhour Road. A 1997 Toyota 4Runner was traveling south on NC 181 and ran off the road to the right. The driver overcorrected, crossed the centerline, ran off the roadway to the left, collided with a utility pole, and struck an embankment. The utility pole fell and struck a northbound 2013 Hyundai Genesis.
The driver of the Toyota, 43-year-old Carrie Collins Ollis of Morganton, passed away as a result of her injuries while being transported by EMS to a local hospital. Ms. Ollis was not restrained by a seatbelt. No impairment is suspected. The driver of the Hyundai was not injured.