Deadly crash on Highway 166 west of Kern County

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A Shafter man is in the hospital after a deadly crash along Highway 166 Sunday.

Shafter resident Hector Farias was driving an oil tanker truck along Highway 166 in New Cuyama when a Honda pulled into his lane, causing a head-on collision, according to California Highway Patrol.  The crash happened around 4:00 p.m.

A woman in the front seat was ejected from the car, neither she nor the man driving were wearing seatbelts. Both died at the scene.

Farias was airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries.

There was a partial closure in the area following the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The collision happened in San Luis Obispo jurisdiction, but Bakersfield CHP responded as well.

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