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Bakersfield man, not wearing seatbelt, dies in three-vehicle crash near Maricopa Thursday

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Posted at 3:29 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:41:33-04

A 63-year-old man is dead after his Chevrolet pickup truck drifted on the road causing a three-vehicle accident on Highway 166, just east of Maricopa Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened.

CHP reported the driver of the truck was heading westbound on Hwy. 166, east of Short Road, when for unknown reasons he drifted off into the eastbound lane and sideswiped a Freightliner truck and trailer. The Chevrolet then collided head-on with a Subaru Forester.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene from his injuries, according to the CHP.

The woman driving the Subaru had minor injuries and was taken to a Kern Medical. The driver of the Freightliner was uninjured.

Lanes were closed for an hour Thursday as crews worked to clear the scene.