Gas spike hits local diesel drivers hardest

Average diesel prices are $4.50 per gallon

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's day 34 of the national spike in gas prices and it's no secret that diesel is the priciest petroleum around.

It's a huge headache for local truck driving businesses, but could be something that locals are paying as well.

Keith Luthrel and his family have run a local trucking business for more than 40 years, but the diesel fuel they rely on to keep them in business is now the same thing that's crippling them.

With unleaded prices now sitting at an average price of $4.02 per gallon, it's even more pronounced for the thousands of local diesel drivers.

According to, the price for a gallon of diesel is around $4.50 a gallon.

For many local companies, diesel is the lifeblood that fuels their engines, and their pocketbooks, with some companies burning through thousands of gallons each week.

And in order to keep the motors running at Lutrel Trucking, they said they've got to pass the buck if they want to stay alive.

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