Highway 178 crash turns deadly

Van and semi truck involved in head on crash

A woman involved in a car crash that had both lanes of Highway 178 shutdown through Kern River Canyon Thursday afternoon has died.

California Highway Patrol officers say 81-year-old James Fowler lost control of the van he was driving at about 2 p.m. and side swiped two other cars before hitting the guard rail and colliding head on with a semi truck.

Fowler was airlifted to Kern Medical Center with major injuries.

A passenger in the van, identified as 43-year-old Kimberly Fowler, was also airlifted to the hospital where she later died.

The semi driver received moderate injuries.

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