Man killed in head-on collision on Highway 178 near top of Kern River Canyon

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man died in a head-on collision near Highway 178 at the top of the Kern River Canyon on Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 5:15 p.m. by Call Box 3. CHP said the man was driving westbound on the 178 when he drifted into the shoulder, forcing him to go into the other lane– hitting a Ford Explorer head on. CHP said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released by the coroner. A preliminary investigation revealed he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was a 68-year-old woman from Wofford Heights and sustained moderate injuries, according to CHP.

The crash is under investigation. CHP said drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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