CHP investigating deadly crash in Kern River Canyon

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) —  One woman is dead and another was injured following a solo vehicle crash on Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, a car crashed into the side of the canyon just east of mile marker 24.

The driver, a 55-year-old woman from Bodfish, died at the scene. Her name has not been released.

Her passenger, 55-year-old Joan White of Wofford Heights, was taken to Kern Medical with minor injuries.

CHP said both women were not wearing their seatbelts and there is no word yet on whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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