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.