One person was killed in a Bakersfield two-vehicle crash on Tuesday, February 9. The accident involved a collision between two vehicles on Copus Road.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the accident was reported just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The two vehicles involved in the crash were identified as a Kia Rio and a Peterbilt 3-axle truck. The truck was transporting dry asphalt in two dump trailers which it was towing at the time of the crash.
The Kia Rio was traveling westbound on Copus Road while the truck was headed eastbound. It isn’t clear exactly how or why the two vehicles collided with each other. CHP is yet to share these details about the crash.
The troopers did confirm that the crash caused the dump trailers of the truck to rollover, causing the dry asphalt they were carrying to be spilled onto the roadway. The collision caused critical injuries to the driver of Kia Rio. Once the first responders and paramedics reached the scene of the crash, attempts to revive the Kia driver failed. Kern County Fire Department pronounced the driver deceased on the scene. The truck driver sustained only minor injuries. First responders transported the driver to Kern Medical.
Preliminary investigations by CHP reveal that alcohol or drugs were not a contributing factor. Following the Bakersfield two-vehicle crash, authorities shut down traffic from SR-99 to I-5 in both directions. This was done so that on-site investigations and cleanup could be performed. The stretch of road remained closed for several hours and was reopened nearly 7 hours later.
CHP continues to investigate the incident. Based on the on-site evidence, witness statements and other materials, CHP may specify the precise cause that led to the crash.
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