Tractor-trailer, motorcyclist collide in Taft, Calif.

TAFT, Calif. - A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after him and his dad were in a crash involving a big rig yesterday.

On September 2, at about 10:30 a.m., officers with the Taft Police Department went  to the intersection of SR33 and Wood Street regarding a motorcycle and big rig collision.  

Upon arrival, officers said they found the driver of the Harley Davidson, identified as 56-year-old Robert Mansell of Taft, and his 12-year-old son as a passenger were found critically injured.  

Mansell was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Mansell's son was air lifted to Kern Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Kern Medical Center stabilized the boy and took him to Los Angeles Children’s Hospital for a higher level of care.  

The truck driver, 38-year-old Chad Harrelson of Bakersfield, was not injured and no drugs or alcohol are suspected in the crash. 

Both father and son were wearing helmets.  

The Taft Police Department was assisted by the California Highway Patrol, Kern County Fire Department,  and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.  California Highway Patrol officers are working to understand what caused the collision between a motorcyclist and a tractor-trailer.

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