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One person died Wednesday evening when an SUV ran off Casper Mountain Road, struck a tree and caught fire, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said.

The Natrona County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 39-year-old Carrie Rogers of Casper. She was the SUV’s lone occupant.

The crash occurred at about 5 p.m. after the driver ran off the road a short distance downhill from the Casper Mountain lookout. The SUV went airborne and came to rest 70 feet from the road after striking a tree, said Trooper Clint Christensen. The SUV then caught fire and was engulfed in flames.

As they investigated the scene, authorities closed the road at the base of the mountain and traffic was blocked for several hours.

Crews later loaded the charred vehicle on a flatbed truck and took it from the scene.

Smoke from the crash was clearly visible in Casper on Wednesday evening.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office and the Natrona County Fire Department and the Casper Mountain Fire Department also responded to the crash.

Follow crime reporter Shane Sanderson on Twitter @shanersanderson

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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