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CHP: Motorcyclist killed in crash involving tractor trailer in Taft

California Highway Patrol
Posted at 10:22 AM, Jun 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 13:22:35-04

TAFT, Calif. (KERO) — The California Highway Patrol said a motorcyclist was killed Saturday after hitting the back of a tractor trailer while trying to pass a car in Taft.

CHP said officers received reports of a crash shortly before 1:30 a.m. on east Hwy. 119 and Airport Road in Taft.

According to CHP, a 2011 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling north on Airport Road and was turning left onto Hwy. 119, when a motorcyclist on a 2006 Yamaha hit the back left part of the trailer while trying to pass a car.

Motorcyclist Michael Edward Lopez, 22, of Bakersfield, was thrown off the Yamaha and declared dead at the scene, said CHP. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured.