UPDATE: Man killed after crashing motorcycle into KCSO patrol vehicle on Hwy. 178 in Kern River Canyon

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UPDATE: A 64-year-old Wofford Heights man was killed on Saturday after crashing his motorcycle into a Kern County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol said the 2001 Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound on Highway 178 while the KCSO vehicle was heading westbound. For reasons unknown, the motorcycle rider lost control and laid the motorcycle on its side and slid into the eastbound lane. 

The rider and the motorcycle slid directly in the path of the patrol vehicle, according to the CHP.   Medical aid was provided to the rider and he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. No one else was injured in the crash.

Highway 178 was closed from Rancheria Road to Old Kern Canyon for approximately nine hours for the investigation, the department said.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A person has been killed in a collision with a sheriff’s office deputy on Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon this morning.

The California Highway Patrol said at around 11:06 a.m., officers were sent to investigate a crash at Highway 178 and the Upper Richbar Picnic Area. The collision involved a KCSO deputy in a patrol vehicle who was not injured in the collision, a spokesperson said.

The canyon reopened at around 7:30 p.m.

No other details were immediately available. CHP is investigating the collision.

This article will be updated once more information becomes available.

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