BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE on 11/1/2019 at 8:44 p.m.
CHP Bakersfield tweeted that all lanes of southbound 99 have been reopened, after a deadly crash caused lane closures and congestion.
UPDATE on 11/1/2019 at 4:47 p.m.
CHP Bakersfield tweeted that Southbound 99 is still closed following the deadly semi-truck crash. Officials are urging drivers to avoid the area due to lane closures and congestion.
Southbound SR99 is still closed and the surrounding areas are congested as well. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/vD0W01WDOz— CHP Bakersfield (@BakersfieldChp) November 1, 2019
Two people are dead following a crash on southbound Highway 99, just south of Rosedale Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Four vehicles, including three semi-trucks and one 2010 Dodge pickup truck, were involved in the crash which happened around 12:30 p.m Friday. Officials said one of the semi-trucks failed to yield to traffic and ended up hitting the pick-up truck and another semi causing the multi-vehicle deadly crash.
Two men, a 75-year-old and a 62-year-old, that were inside the pickup truck were pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP.
Hazmat crews were also called to the scene because 200 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway from one of the trucks.
All lanes of southbound 99 were closed Friday afternoon, CHP said. Officials were also rerouting drivers off southbound 99 and onto Golden State Highway. The 99 northbound bypass lane was also closed, officials confirmed. There is no update on when the lanes will reopen.
Officials added that no drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.