UPDATE: CHP confirms fatality after vehicle found in Kern River Canyon along Hwy. 178

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UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that this is a fatal crash. The eastbound lanes of Highway 178 are in the process of being opened.

UPDATE: As of 6:37 a.m. Highway 178 is closed in both directions as crews retrieve a vehicle in the river about four miles into the mouth of the canyon.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET)— A vehicle traveling Highway 178 Friday morning reportedly went off the roadway and into the Kern River, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident was first reported around 2:15 a.m. about four miles east of the mouth of the Kern River Canyon.

CHP officer Vaughn Cain reported at 5:30 a.m. the highway was clear and drivers should not have any issues driving through the area.

Cain did mention CHP officials may need to close the highway around 7 a.m. to recover the vehicle.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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