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UPDATE: One killed in crash on Taft Highway near Mountain Ridge Dr.

Fatal Accident on Taft Highway
Fatal Accident on Taft Highway
Posted at 3:42 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 21:29:22-04

UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): One person was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Taft Highway Wednesday afternoon.

Bakersfield Police say the crash happened just after 3 p.m. in the 5500 block of Taft Highway. Investigators say a compact car veered into the opposing lane of traffic and hit a large utility truck.

The driver of the compact car suffered major injuries and died at the scene. The victim's name is expected to be released by the Kern County Coroner's office once next of kin is notified.

The truck driver was not injured and police say there were no other passengers in either vehicle.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 661-327-7111.


Bakersfield police are investigating a major injury traffic collision in the area of Mountain Ridge Drive and Taft Highway.

Officials say that Taft Highway is closed in both directions between Stine Road and Mountain Ridge Road.

The closure is expected to last several hours.

This is a developing story and we will update you as more information comes in.