Motorcyclist killed in south Bakersfield crash

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One person is dead after a crash near South Union Avenue where Panama Road turns into Taft Highway Saturday morning.

According to CHP, a motorcyclist and a Toyota pickup crashed just after 11 a.m. The male motorcyclist was traveling south on Union and died on the scene, CHP said. The driver of the truck was traveling eastbound on Taft Highway and was not injured in the crash. 

CHP said either the motorcyclist or the driver of the truck did not stop for a red light at the intersection. 

The victim was a man in his 20s or 30s, according to CHP. 

As of 11:45 a.m., some traffic was being let down Union Avenue. Panama and Taft were closed for a period of time while crews worked to clear the scene.

KCSO and CHP responded to the crash. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors. CHP said the driver of the truck was cooperative.

CHP said the investigation is ongoing.

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