UPDATE: Driver of big rig that overturned on I-5 fell asleep at the wheel, CHP says

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UPDATE (10:18 a.m.): The driver of a big rig that overturned on southbound Interstate 5 earlier this morning fell asleep at the wheel, according to the CHP.

The department said the driver, a 21-year-old man from Fresno, fell asleep and that the truck drifted into the center median. The driver then woke up and over-corrected, causing the semi to overturn at the Lebec curve.

The department said a Dodge pickup was unable to avoid the semi and crashed into it. The driver was a 30-year-old man from Delano and the passenger was a 29-year-old man from Bakersfield.

The CHP said all three suffered moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, despite earlier reports that one of the occupants of the pickup had severe injuries.


UPDATE (8:15 a.m.): All lanes on southbound I-5 are now back open, according to the CHP.


UPDATE (6:51 a.m.): Three people were injured in the accident, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

The department said the driver of the semi, as well as two occupants in a pickup, were injured after becoming pinned inside the vehicle. KCFD said crews worked to quickly extricate the trapped occupants.

Once safely extricated, one of the occupants was taken to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The other occupant, as well as the semi driver, did not have life-threatening injuries, according to KCFD.

Southbound I-5 is still currently closed, according to the CHP, but lanes are expected to be open by 8 a.m.


LEBEC, Calif. (KGET) — All lanes on southbound Interstate 5 on the Grapevine near Lebec are currently closed due to an overturned big rig.

The California Highway Patrol said tow trucks are on the scene and are working to clear the lanes. Motorists in the area should expect delays. It is unknown at this time when the highway will reopen.

The department said it received reports of the accident at around 3:44 a.m. Since then, traffic has significantly backed up.

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