UPDATE: 10-year-old fatally injured in crash on Highway 99 near Rosedale Highway identified

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UPDATE (11/5) — The child has been identified as Francisco Reyes-Ortiz of Bakersfield.

UPDATE (10/29) — The child passenger in the crash on Highway 99 has died, according to the California Highway Patrol. The other people involved in the crash have been identified.

The 10-year-old child was taken to Kern Medical Center after the collision and later died from their injuries. The child was the passenger in a Honda Civic driven by 36-year-old Adriana Zavala Tinoco.

CHP’s preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the accident, traffic had come to a complete stop on southbound Highway 99, just north of Rosedale Highway. Meesak Anjum, 33, was driving a big rig and was stopped in the number 3 lane waiting in traffic. Tinoco, the driver of the Honda, was behind him.

Ramiro F. Sanchez, 44, was the driver of the other big rig. Sanchez was approaching the stopped traffic and unable to stop in time, crashing into the back of Tinoco’s Honda. The Honda was then pushed forward into the back of Anjum’s big rig.

Tinoco and the child passenger were taken to Kern Medical Center with major injuries. The child passenger died from his injuries. Anjum and Sanchez were not injured.

The collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield area CHP at 661-396-6600.


UPDATE (2:41 p.m.) — The CHP says neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A crash Wednesday involving two big rigs and a vehicle spilled 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway and blocked multiple lanes of southbound Highway 99 north of Rosedale Highway, the California Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened at about 11:52 a.m., blocking the No. 2 and 3 lanes. A sand truck has been requested to help deal with the spilled fuel, according to the CHP.

CHP Public Information Officer Robert Rodriguez said there were two passengers in the vehicle, a woman and a juvenile. Both passengers were taken to Kern Medical Center with major injuries. The drivers of the big rigs had no injuries, according to the CHP.

Traffic was backed up because of a previous collision when the driver of a big rig was unable to stop in time and crashed into the sedan. Rodriguez said the sedan was then sandwiched between two big rigs.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.

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