BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – It was a fatal morning on the Bakersfield Road today. There were three serious car accidents in which two people died. The three collisions occurred almost within the same hour and were spread across the city.
The first began as a police chase in East Bakersfield around 2:30 a.m. According to California Highway Patrol, officials tried to stop a white truck but the driver sped away. The chase continued to Panorama Dr. west of the mountain. Vernon Avenue near Bakersfield College. Then the driver pulled off the road.
“Walked down an embankment where it tipped over several times,” said Robert Rodriguez of California Highway Patrol. “The driver wasn’t buckled up and was thrown out of the vehicle.”
The man who drove the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman was also in the car but was buckled up. CHP says she has moderate injuries.
Then at around 3:45 am there was a second crash on 24th Street and Eye Street. In the collision, a car was overturned and a white truck with the front smashed in. Police say one person has moderate injuries and is in the hospital. However, they have not released any information about what led to this crash.
Just minutes later, at the intersection of Olive Drive and Jewetta Avenue, a man drove through a red light and crashed into another car.
“When the officers got there, they found that one of the vehicles was on fire,” said Ken Sporer, sergeant with the Bakersfield Police Department. “Unfortunately, the occupant of this vehicle died at the scene.”
According to BPD, the other driver, a man in his forties, suffered minor injuries and was rushed to hospital. If you have information about these accidents, call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.