UPDATE (6/10): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man killed in the crash as 29-year-old Clovis resident Fred Macario Echavarria.
UPDATE (6/9): Alcohol was a factor in Sunday’s crash, according to the CHP.
The department said a silver Nissan Sentra entered into a closed-off construction zone in the area of Highway 99 and Highway 204. The vehicle had been traveling northbound on Highway 204 wrong-way. As the Nissan was driving wrong-way, it collided with an unoccupied piece of construction equipment head-on.
As a result of the collision, the driver suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP.
(6/6): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A person was found dead Sunday in a vehicle that crashed into a construction zone on Highway 99 near Golden State Avenue.
It’s unclear what time the collision may have happened, but the vehicle — a gray or silver sedan — was reported in the construction zone in southbound lanes on Highway 99 just north of the Golden State Avenue offramp just after 6:45 a.m., according to CHP’s Traffic Incident Information Page.
No workers were in the construction zone at the time.
We will update this story as we learn more information.