UPDATE (May 29): The California Highway Patrol said a 63-year-old Bakersfield man was killed in the three-vehicle crash on Highway 166 east of Short Road on Thursday.
The department said the man was driving a Chevrolet pickup westbound on the 166 as a Freightliner truck and trailer was heading eastbound approaching the Chevrolet. A Subaru Forester was traveling directly behind the Freightliner.
For unknown reasons, the CHP said the driver of the Chevrolet allowed his pickup to drift into the eastbound lane, where it sideswiped the semi. The pickup then collided head-on with the Subaru.
The driver of the Chevrolet was not wearing a seat belt and died from his injuries at the scene, CHP said. The driver of the Subaru sustained minor injuries and was taken to a Bakersfield hospital for treatment. The semi driver was not injured.
The roadway was closed with detours in place for approximately one hour for the investigation but have since been reopened.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A head-on collision involving a pickup truck and a semi truck has killed at least one person Thursday afternoon along State Route 166 just east of Maricopa.
CHP’s Traffic Incident Information Page reports the crash happened just before 1:45 p.m. near Pentland Road on SR-166.
It’s unclear what caused the collision.
Caltrans says traffic is under one-way traffic control and it’s unknown when the road will fully reopen.