One dead after hitting a tree on Highway 99 south of SR 65

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One person is dead after crashing with a tree on Highway 99 and State Route 65, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officials said that approximately at 9:08 p.m., officers were called to the scene of a vehicle and tree collision on Highway 99 south of State Route 65.

The CHP said the vehicle, a black 2006 Ford F-150 was driving south of the 99 on SR 65 at an unknown speed that officials said was unsafe for the roadway, which ended up with the driver loosing control of the vehicle. 

Officials then said the F-150 left the roadway and collided into a light pole, then into a tree.

The driver of the truck was unable to to exit the vehicle due to the impact with the tree. As a result of the impact of the engine with the tree, the engine compartment of the F-150 ignited.

The driver died to injures sustained from the vehicle fire.

The accident is still under investigation.

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