UPDATE (Aug. 18) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people killed in Sunday’s crash as 15-year-old Courtney Louisville and 56-year-old Matilde Saavedra.
UPDATE (Aug. 17) — One of the people killed in Sunday’s crash was a 15-year-old girl, according to CHP.
The department said the girl was from Atlanta, Georgia. The other person who was killed was a 56-year-old woman from Antioch. They were both in the same vehicle, a 2015 Honda SUV.
Two passengers, one 14 years old and the other 16, both suffered major injuries in the crash, according to CHP. They were also from Atlanta. The final passenger, a 62-year-old woman from Antioch, suffered moderate injuries, according to the department.
UPDATE (7:06 p.m.) — CHP says two people traveling in an SUV on Interstate 5 were killed after colliding with a pickup truck that lost control trying to avoid debris on the roadway.
The crash happened in the northbound lanes of I-5 just north of SR-166 just after 3 p.m. south of Bakersfield.
According to CHP, the driver of a Ford F-150 truck was traveling southbound on I-5 and swerved to avoid debris in the fast lane. The driver lost control of the truck, went into the northbound lanes and collided with a Honda SUV traveling northbound and another semi truck.
The SUV rolled over and went off the right side of the road and into an orchard. Three other people inside the SUV were hurt and taken to a hospital; One of them suffered major injuries.
The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
CHP Sgt. Basil Zuniga said alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.
The collision caused a closure of I-5 at the Highway 99 transition for several hours but reopened at around 6:30 p.m.
Zuniga advised motorists to be aware of speeds on the road, to maintain safe braking distances and to check tire pressure during hot weather.
UPDATE (6:05 p.m.) — CHP says two people were killed and four were hurt in a collision on northbound I-5 just north of SR-166.
CHP said a pickup truck and an SUV collided and two people traveling inside the SUV were killed. One person traveling in the SUV suffered major injuries and was taken to a hospital.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — CHP is investigating a collision that killed at least one person Sunday afternoon and forced a closure of lanes on northbound Interstate 5 just south of Bakersfield.
CHP’s Traffic Incident Information Page reports the crash happened at around 3:10 p.m. in Interstate 5 just north of SR-166. The collision is affecting both northbound and southbound traffic near SR-166 and northbound traffic from I-5 is being diverted onto Highway 99.
Two vehicles — a sedan and a pickup truck — collided. The cause of the crash is unknown.
At least one person was killed in the collision.
We will update this story as we learn more information.