BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man is in a local hospital after crashing with three other vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP says Claude E. Smith, 66, was driving northbound on North Chester Avenue when he was coming close to the intersection with Roberts Lane in the left turn lane. Then, the CHP said, the front of Smith's 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 crashed with another car in front of his own.
Officials say Smith tried to put the Dodge Ram in park, but ended up putting his vehicle in reverse as he was getting out of the truck. The Dodge Ram started to go in reverse as Smith was partially in and out of the truck, the CHP says, when the truck crashed with three other cars and came at a rest after colliding with a chain-like fence east of the roadway.
The CHP says Smith was taken to Kern Medical Center with major injuries.
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