Second fatal crash reported on Taft Highway Monday

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Bakersfield man has died after a rollover crash on Taft Highway just north of Taft Monday morning. This is the second fatal accident on Taft Highway within two hours.

Around 9:14 a.m. the California Highway Patrol was called out to Taft Highway and Elk Hills Road for a crash involving a dump druck and a pickup truck, according to the California Highway Patrol. A 38-year-old man from Bakersfield was driving westbound on Taft Highway when he drifted into the eastbound lane and collided head on with a dump truck.

The Bakersfield man died at the scene and the driver of the dump truck had minor injuries, but declined medical aid.

Officers are investigating whether the Bakersfield man was distracted by his cellphone.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Taft Highway have were closed at Elk Hills Road for about two hours.

The identity of the man who died will be released by the Kern County Coroner’s Office at a later time.

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