UPDATE (8/16): The woman has been identified as Eda Yadira Rojas-Joachin. Coroner’s officials say she died from blunt force trauma and her death is an accident.
UPDATE (12:21 p.m.) (8/10): Highway 43 has been reopened, according to Caltrans.
UPDATE (9:20 a.m.) (8/10): A person was killed and two were injured in this morning’s crash, according to the CHP.
The department said a 2010 Chevrolet was heading northbound on Highway 43 while a 2004 Chevrolet was heading southbound. The 2010 Chevy drifted into the southbound lane, at which point the other vehicle swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision.
However, the CHP said the driver of the 2010 Chevy swerved right back into his lane and collided head-on with the vehicle. A passenger in the 2004 Chevy, a 48-year-old Shafter woman, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the 2004 Chevy suffered minor injuries and was taken to Kern Medical for treatment, according to the department. The driver of the 2010 Chevy, a 41-year-old Taft man, also had minor injuries but sought his own aid.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET)(8/10) — At least one person has been killed in a collision on Highway 43 early this morning.
The California Highway Patrol is reporting that the collision between a GMC pickup truck and a Nissan Quest happened just after 5 a.m. on Highway 43 north of Interstate 5. The highway has been closed in the area due to the crash.
There is no estimate at this time for when lanes will reopen. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route.