UPDATE (5 p.m.) — One person has died and another has been hospitalized after they both fell into a ditch while working on a septic tank, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

Kern County emergency crews were called to a home on Colene Street just before 2:30 p.m. KCFD Battalion Chief Tony Blumer said the two people fell approximately 8 to 10 feet. One person was airlifted to a hospital with unspecified injuries, another person was pronounced dead at the scene, Blumer said.

Blumer advised the public to call 811 before doing any type of digging.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County firefighters have been called to an area south of Bakersfield for an apparent rescue.

Emergency crews were called to the 12500 block of Colene Street near Lamont just before 2:30 p.m. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people needed help or if anyone was injured.

17 News has called and left messages with Kern County Fire for more information.

We will update this story as we learn more information.