Deadly collision forces closure of Highway 178 near mouth of the canyon

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Police said one person was killed and another was hospitalized after colliding with a tractor trailer Thursdy evening along Highway 178 forcing an hourslong closure of the road.

The collision involving a green BMW SUV and a tractor trailer happened at around 5:35 p.m. on Highway 178 and Rancheria Road.

Bakersfield police said officers found a female passenger of the SUV with major injuries. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman will be identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt.

Officials said, their preliminary investigation shows the BMW was traveling westbound on Highway 178 at a high speeds when it collided with the tractor trailer that was making a westbound turn onto Highway 178 from Rancheria Road.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 178 were opened just after midnight, CHP reported.

Police said it’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Bakersfield police at 327-7111.

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