Motorcyclist lost control after failing to slow for a vehicle on fire, police say

BAKERSFIELD - Bakersfield police officers were dispatched to the report of a collision at Highway 178 and Valley Street at 11:59 a.m. Wednesday.

Initial reports indicated that there was a motorcyclist down with major injuries.

The collision involved a single vehicle, the motorcycle. The driver, a 56-year-old man suffered from several broken bones and abrasions but would survive his injuries.

Investigation revealed the motorcyclist was eastbound on Highway 178 when he failed to see traffic slowed in front of him.

The traffic had slowed due to a vehicle fire that the fire department was in the process of extinguishing.

The motorcycle driver lost control of the motorcycle and fell. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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