UPDATE: Family says driver involved in head-on collision near Meadows Field airport has died

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UPDATE (Jan. 10, 2019, 9:11 p.m.): A driver involved in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon near Meadows Field Airport has died, family told 17 News.

Family identified the driver of the Kia Sol that collided with a Jeep Wrangler on Merle Haggard Drive as Clifford Vance, 60.

Clifford Vance, 60, died Friday evening from injuries suffered in the crash on Merle Haggard Drive.

Vance’s family tells 17 News he was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to Kern Medical. He died of his injuries Friday evening, the family said.

UPDATE (Jan. 10, 2020): The family of a driver involved in Thursday’s crash near Meadows Field Airport says he was seriously injured and is “fighting for his life” at Kern Medical.

The family says a 60-year-old man driving the Kia did not arrive where he was expected to be that afternoon. They then learned he was involved in the crash on Merle Haggard Drive near Airport Drive.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A head-on collision near Meadows Field Airport caused a brief delay Thursday afternoon.

CHP’s Traffic Incident Information Page says the crash happened at around 2:45 p.m. involving a Jeep Wrangler and a Kia Sol on Merle Haggard Drive near Airport Drive.

Injuries are reported to be minor and at least one person was taken to a hospital.

The road was cleared in both directions by 3:41 p.m., according to CHP.

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