State Route 65 near Porterville closed for approximately two hours due to car collision

Bakersfield man hit pole at approx. 55 mph

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man was injured this afternoon after he crashed a car into a pole near Porterville.

The California Highway Patrol reports that Alex Lee Caballero, 34, was driving a 2006 Toyota  northbound on State Route 65 at approximately 55 miles per hour while he was approaching the Avenue 2 intersection. 

The CHP says that for an unknown reason, Caballero made an "unsafe turning movement to the left," which caused the front of of the car to strike a power pole. The CHP also said the pole snapped into two pieces from that impact, causing the power lines to hang only several feet above State Route 65.

Due to the hazard of the low hanging power lines, the CHP says, State Route 65 was closed for approximately two hours. 

Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in this collision, which remains under investigation by the CHP. 

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