UPDATE (1:55 p.m.): The Kern County Coroner’s Office has identified the 18-year-old who was killed in the crash as Wasco resident Jose Juan Rosas Jr.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer and car occurred Friday morning northwest of Wasco, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers say the crash happened at about 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of Wildwood Road and Sherwood Avenue when the 18-year-old driver of the Mazda failed to slow for slower traffic and hit the back of the trailer. He suffered fatal injuries.
His name will be released by the coroner’s office.
The truck continued north and was involved in a separate crash, according to CHP. The truck pulled over and the driver waited for emergency responders.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor, officers said.
The truck was hauling pistachios, some of which spilled onto the roadway, according to CHP.