UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol received a call at approximately 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday of a car engulfed in flames on the center median northbound Highway 99 at Merced Ave. CHP said upon arrival, officers found a Honda Pilot facing southbound on the center median with major rear-end damage which caused it to burst in flames. A man was found dead in the driver seat, according to CHP.
CHP said 64-year-old Filberto Esparza was driving a big rig northbound SR-99 in the #3 traffic lane at a speed of 55 mph. He was traveling directly behind another big rig which exited at Merced Ave. According to CHP, Esparza continued northbound in the #3 traffic lane and struck the rear of the Honda Pilot.
It is unclear if the man driving the Honda Pilot was stopped or moving at a slow rate of speed.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The California Highway Patrol reported a fatality Tuesday in connection with a vehicle fire on northbound Highway 99 at Merced Avenue.
The incident was first reported at about 10:25 p.m. as a vehicle fully engulfed in flames and blocking the roadway. About 20 minutes later, officers said there was a fatality. No other details were provided.
Traffic was being diverted at Merced Avenue.