UPDATE (8 p.m.): CHP has reopened the highway just after 8 p.m. Friday following the crash that killed two people along the southbound lanes of Highway 99.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Two people died in a crash Friday afternoon that has closed Highway 99 in both directions south of Rosedale Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two occupants inside the red truck have been identified as 75-year-old Luther Goleman of Lemoore and 62-year-old Kathy Jane McNutt of Delano.

A pickup became sandwiched between two big rigs around 12:30 p.m. Two people inside the pickup have been confirmed dead, officers said.

Traffic is backed up for miles and there is no word on when the highway will reopen. Motorists are advised to avoid the area as surrounding local streets are also affected.

A GoFundMe has been set up in order to help pay for the funeral services of Kathy Mcnutt and the rest of the money raised will go to the family of Luther Goleman.

You can click here to visit the GoFundMe.