At least two people are dead, including a 2-year-old child, after a solo-vehicle crash south of Bakersfield.
Around 2 a.m. Friday morning, a Ford Expedition was driving south on the Interstate-5 when it drifted onto the right shoulder, just before Bear Mountain Boulevard.
The car rolled over multiple times, ejecting a man and two-year-old infant in a car seat from the vehicle, according to California Highway Patrol. Both of them died at the scene.
The woman driver and a second infant were airlifted to a local hospital. A 14-year-old and a third infant were also inside the vehicle, no details on their injuries are available at this time.
CHP is investigating the cause of the crash, but say the driver could have been tired at this time of night. They also stressed the importance of car seat safety.
The 2-year-old who died at the scene was buckled into a car seat, but the seat itself wasn’t properly secured in the vehicle, according to CHP.
Bakersfield Police Department and California Highway Patrol want to remind the community that they both offer car seat checks.
To schedule an appointment, call the following numbers: