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BPD: 10 vehicle crash on Union Avenue included hit-and-run driver

Car crash on union November 16, 2021
Posted at 6:22 PM, Nov 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 12:11:04-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — A 10-vehicle crash on Tuesday night on Union Avenue may have been caused by hit-and-run driver, according to Bakersfield Police Department.

Officers responded to reports of a multiple vehicle crash with injuries at about 5:48 p.m. in the 2100 block of Union Avenue, according to BPD. One person was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and another person is in a hospital with stable injuries, said BPD. Three additional people reported injuries but declined medical attention, according to BPD.

BPD's initial investigation revealed that vehicles were slowing or stopped at a red light when a Chevrolet Silverado traveling north failed to slow for traffic and struck a vehicle, said police. The collision caused a chain reaction with the vehicles moving forward and striking more vehicles.

The driver of the Silverado fled prior to police arriving, said BPD.

Speed appears to be a factor in the initial crash and the investigation is ongoing and will be handled by the department's Major

Collision Investigation Team, according to BPD.

Anyone with information regarding the crash should call BPD at 661-327-7111.