1 killed, 9 children injured in Alfred Harrell Highway crash

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A 24-year-old woman was killed and nine children were hurt in a rollover collision Saturday afternoon along Alfred Harrell Highway in East Bakersfield, the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP Public Information Officer Robert Rodriguez said the single-vehicle rollover crash happened just after 4 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Alfred Harrell Highway just east of Fairfax Road.

Rodriguez said for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the Ford Expedition, rolling it over several times. The driver was killed and nine children, ranging in ages from 5 months old to 15 years old, suffered minor injuries. The nine children were taken to hospitals for treatment and further evaluation.

The driver’s relation to the children was not immediately known.

Rodriguez said three of the children were in child restraints but they were not properly installed. “It’s a wonder why there aren’t more severe injuries,” he said.

The vehicle was not intended to carry 10 passengers, Rodriguez said.

The cause of the collision and whether or not alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash is under investigation.

The Kern County Coroner’s Office will identify the driver at a later time.

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