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Two-vehicle crash blocked traffic on eastbound Highway 58 near Murray Family Farms temporarily

Three people taken to Kern Medical for injuries
Posted at 6:59 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 00:57:59-05

UPDATE (12/20, 9:17 p.m.): Traffic is moving freely again on eastbound Highway 58, one mile west of Murray Family Farms after a head-on collision temporarily stopped traffic.

California Highway Patrol said the crash happened on Wednesday around 7 p.m. when a black Honda Accord traveling westbound crossed over the median and collided head on with a white Nissan Altima traveling eastbound.

Both eastbound lanes were closed for around 20 minutes, CHP said. One lane was open until around 8 p.m. and traffic was moving freely again. 

There were three people involved in the crash; two people in the Nissan and one in the Honda. All three were taken to Kern Medical with moderate to minor injuries, according to CHP. 

CHP determined that alcohol was possibly involved in the collision. One person was not wearing a seatbelt and the passenger in the Nissan was reportedly laying down in the backseat, CHP said. 

CHP said the Nissan slightly caught on fire from the crash. 

The people in the Nissan Altima were going to Las Vegas and the Honda Accord was coming from there, CHP said. 

The identities of the people involved have not been released. CHP is investigating the collision.


The California Highway Patrol is responding to reports of a two-vehicle crash on eastbound Highway 58, one mile west of Murray Family Farms. 

Initial reports are that at least one person is pinned in one of the vehicles and four other people are out of the vehicle, however 23ABC has been unable to confirm that number with police. 

Traffic is being stopped on EB Highway 58. Avoid the area. 

23ABC has a crew on the way. This is a breaking news story, check back for updates.