UPDATE (Oct. 2): The coroner identified the two people killed Wednesday in a crash along Highway 43 in Wasco.
The coroner identified the two women as Yuleny Elizabeth Castrejon Diaz, 29, and Martha Rosana Martinez-Rojas, 31. They were both of Bakersfield.
UPDATE (2:13 p.m.): Two people were killed in this morning’s accident, according to the CHP.
The department said at around 6:28 a.m., a truck tractor pulling a set of bottom dump trailers and was traveling southbound on Highway 43 approaching the intersection of McCombs Avenue. A Honda Civic was heading westbound on McCombs and crossed the intersection directly into the path of the truck, according to CHP.
The department said the truck driver was unable to avoid a crash and struck the passenger side of the Honda. Both female occupants inside the Honda were pinned under the truck and suffered fatal injuries. They were pronounced deceased at the scene.
No details have been provided at this time on the age of the occupants or their city of residence.
UPDATE (12:56 p.m.): The CHP says that both directions of Highway 43 are now back open.
UPDATE: The CHP said all northbound traffic on Highway 43 is being re-routed to Highway 46 and all southbound traffic is being detoured at McCombs Avenue. There is still no expected time on re-opening Highway 43.
WASCO, Calif. (KGET) – The California Highway Patrol is reporting that Highway 43, just north of McCombs Avenue, is blocked due to a fatal accident that happened Wednesday morning.
According to the CHP, the accident is involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle.
This is an ongoing situation. We will update this story when more information is available.