UPDATE (Aug. 8) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person killed in the accident as 21-year-old Bakersfield resident Zanhi Williams.
UPDATE (2:18 p.m.) — The California Highway Patrol said two people were ejected from a Nissan Altima after they were hit by a BNSF freight train on Wednesday. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was a 21-year-old man and driving with his girlfriend, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP identified the girlfriend as 21-year-old Bonnie Jeban, who was transported to Kern Medical Center with major injuries. They both weren’t wearing seatbelts, according to CHP.
According to CHP, the Nissan was driving eastbound at a high speed on Edison Highway, east of Oswell Street and passed another vehicle from the second lane. The driver of the Nissan then lost control and swerved to the left across a raised center median and westbound lanes. The car continued onto the north shoulder of the road and overturned onto the railroad tracks, where it was hit by an eastbound BNSF freight train.
The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at (661) 396-6600.
Correction: An earlier version of this story included early reports of fatalities. Only one person was killed in the crash. The other person was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. Both people were ejected from the vehicle, according to CHP officials.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — One person is dead and another is in a hospital with major injuries after a train hit a vehicle in East Bakersfield Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash occurred on Edison Highway shortly before 11 a.m. according to the California Highway Patrol Traffic website.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.