BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man has died after their car veered off the roadway, overturned in a dirt field and caught fire on westbound Highway 58 at Bena Road this morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened at around 4:11 a.m. After the car caught on fire, the fire then spread to nearby grass. The fires were able to be quickly put out by the Kern County Fire Department, according to the CHP.
CHP said it has learned that the vehicle’s left front wheel was flat and that the driver was driving on the rim, causing sparks to fly. The vehicle was also traveling at high rates of speed.
No other occupants were found in the vehicle, the department said.