UPDATE: Kern County Animal Services says a 10-year-old dog that was seriously injured in the DUI crash on Saturday is in their care and is currently expected to live, despite multiple life-threatening injuries.
The woman who drove the vehicle off the embankment while traveling westbound through the Kern River Canyon is suspected by investigators of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
After driving off the embankment, the vehicle crashed into the canyon and caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol. The woman, who has not been identified, and the dog were able to get out of the vehicle and were treated for their injuries.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A woman and a dog were hospitalized Saturday morning after a vehicle went over an embankment while traveling westbound through the Kern River Canyon.
The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. on Highway 178, about three miles east of the mouth of the canyon.
The woman is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol when she crashed, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The name of the woman has not been released. Officials did not elaborate on her or the dog’s medical condition.
No other passengers were in the car when it crashed and no other vehicles were involved, CHP said.
Traffic along Highway 178 was closed in both directions just east of the intersection with Kern Canyon Road from around 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.