Major injury crash reported along southbound I-5 near Highway 43

Posted at 10:31 AM, Aug 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 15:54:52-04

UPDATE (08/28): On Sunday August 27, 2018 California Highway Patrol responded to a crash on the I-5 just south of Highway 43. 

It was determined Dina Isabel Mejia, 36, was the driver of a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was carrying 5 children. The children were ages nine, six, two, four and eight. None of the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts. 

Mejia was driving southbound on I-5 south of the 43 at 70 miles per hour. 

The Jeep sustained a tire failure, Mejia then applied the brakes which caused her to lose control of the vehicle.

The jeep rolled over and ended up on its side. Because none of the children were wearing seatbelts they were all injured.

The 9-year-old, 2-year-old, and 6-year-old all sustained major injuries. While Mejia, the 4-year-old, and 8-year-old sustained minor injuries.

Authorities were also able to determine the family was homeless and living out of their car. All of the families belongings were either inside of the vehicle or strapped to the top of it. 

Mejia and the five children were headed to the Los Angeles area. 

Both the vehicle and all of the belongings are now sitting in a tow yard in Taft. 

Child Protective Services was notified per protocol. 

California Highway Patrol did reach out to the county for assistance for the family. 


The California Highway Patrol is responding to a vehicle rollover crash on southbound I-5 just south of Highway 43. 

This crash is near the Kern County Raceway.

Initial reports are that there were four juveniles were ejected from the vehicle, however CHP has not confirmed that information. 

According to the California Highway Patrol dispatchers website, two people have major injuries, one has moderate injuries and three have minor injuries. 

The Kern County Fire Department is responding along with two medevac helicopters. 

Officials may temporarily block traffic to land the helicopter. 

23ABC is headed to the crash, check back for updates.