CHP released new details, including the identities of the drivers involved, from the early morning crash at Panama and Enos Lanes.
Zachary Thiel, 25, of Nebraska, was driving a semi northbound on Enos Lane when he stopped his vehicle to backup onto Panama Lane. Lance Stephens, 35, of Taft, was also traveling northbound on Enos Lane when he saw Thiel’s trailer in front of him.
In an attempt to avoid a crash, Stephens veered to the right and ended up colliding with the left rear of the semi.
Stephens suffered major injuries and was transported to Kern Medical, according to CHP.
The roadway was blocked following the crash as firefighters worked to rescue Stephens from his car.
While CHP did not say if speed or weather were factors in the crash, they would like to remind the motoring public to use caution, slow down and use your vehicles low beam headlights while driving in foggy conditions.