Woman in critical condition after multi-vehicle crash on 21st Street and Union Avenue, suspect driver fled

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A woman is in critical condition after she was involved in a multiple-vehicle crash at the intersection of 21st Street and Union Avenue on Tuesday evening, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. The driver of the suspect vehicle drove off.

The incident happened at around 5:48 p.m., according to BPD. There were 10 vehicles in total involved in the crash, including the suspect vehicle.

Bakersfield Police said the suspect driver that caused the crash was driving a full-size Chevy Silverado and was speeding as he approached the intersection. The light was red as he passed several vehicles and collided into one or several, causing a chain reaction.

Bakersfield Police said officers found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. A woman was pulled to safety from the car by a Good Samaritan. She was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition. There was another woman transported to the hospital with minor injuries. BPD said a few other drivers complained of pain. Lemons were all over the road.

One driver involved in the crash recounts the moment she was hit.

“We were at a complete stop, the next thing I know I’m flying over into the passenger side because I got hit from behind,” driver Christina Mancha said. “It turned my car towards the left and then I got out of the car and saw all the cars involved. One of them was in flames.”

Mancha said a nearby business owner rushed over with a fire extinguisher to help put out the fire as the woman in the engulfed car was being pulled out.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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