UPDATE (4:59 p.m.) — Kern County Fire officials say no one was found inside the vehicle or in the area of where the crash happened, and a rock was found on the floorboard of the driver’s seat area.
The search has been suspended and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a welfare check on the registered owner of the vehicle, said fire spokesman Andrew Freeborn.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Authorities say a vehicle went over the side of Highway 178 on Wednesday afternoon and was 150 to 200 feet down the side of the canyon.
The incident was reported at 2:42 p.m. and occurred just west of mile marker 24.5, west of Willow Spring Creek, according to the California Highway Patrol. Kern County Fire was on scene shortly after 3 p.m.
Officers said they’re scanning the area around the crash site and haven’t located any bodies.
No other details were immediately available.