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UPDATE: All lanes reopened following multi-vehicle crash on SB Hwy. 99

Posted at 2:01 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 17:47:19-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — (UPDATE 2:45 PM): Caltrans is reporting that all lanes on Highway 99 have reopened following a multi-vehicle crash earlier Tuesday.

Southbound lanes of Highway 99 were temporarily closed Tuesday following a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to CHP, four vehicles were involved in what they called a "chain-reaction" crash.

Just after 11 a.m., a Peterbuilt hay truck was driving southbound on Hwy. 99, south of California Avenue, in the #3 lane. The driver came to stop for a prior non-injury crash that was blocking the lane. A Chevrolet Silverado was stopped behind the hay truck.

At that time, a Hino box truck slowly approaching behind the Chevrolet was rear-ended by a Freightliner truck/tractor.

The crash forced the box truck off the west side of the freeway where it struck a chain-link fence. The Freightliner continued in a southerly direction where it struck the back of the Chevrolet pushing it forward into the rear of the Peterbuilt.

All vehicles came to rest blocking the #2 and #3 lanes of southbound Hwy. 99.

The driver of the Peterbuilt complained of pain but no one was taken to a hospital, according to the CHP.

All southbound traffic was briefly diverted off the freeway at California Avenue until the #1 lane was reopened.