UPDATE (April 22): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person killed in Tuesday morning’s accident as 66-year-old Arvin resident Jose Garcia-Cerron.
UPDATE (2 p.m.): A 67-year-old Arvin man was killed in this morning’s accident and wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, according to CHP.
A 2007 Dodge Caliber was heading southbound on Fairfax Road when he made a left turn onto Highway 223 and struck a 2002 Chevy Suburban heading westbound on the 223 that the driver didn’t see.
The department said the driver of the Chevy swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision but was struck on the right side. The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on the east shoulder of the road.
CHP said there were six occupants in the Chevy, one of which was killed and the others suffering minor injuries. Three occupants in the Dodge also sustained minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
UPDATE: Highway 223 at S. Fairfax Road near Arvin is back open after being closed earlier this morning due to a fatal crash.
ARVIN, Calif. (KGET) – The California Highway patrol is investigating a deadly crash this morning in Arvin, near the corner of South Fairfax Road and Bear Mountain Blvd. Tuesday morning.
At about 5:41 a.m., officers responded to a major injury crash, killing one person, says CHP.
Six other individuals received minor injuries. Out of the six, five people were transported to area hospitals.
CHP says two vehicles were involved, one was a Chevy Suburban and was traveling westbound on Bear Mountain Blvd. Another car, a Dodge Caliber, was traveling southbound on Fairfax Road and made a direct left turn in front of the SUV. As they entered the intersection, the SUV tried to take an evasive action, but it was too late.
The SUV rolled and then came to rest on its tires. One of the passengers on the SUV was not wearing a seatbelt and died on the scene, according to CHP.
Officers do not suspect any drugs or alcohol were involved in this accident. The people involved in the crash are believed to be farmworkers and were on their way to work.
At this time, the intersection is blocked until the investigation is finished.
The Kern County Fire Department is also on scene.
This is a developing story, we’ll give updates on the situation as we learn more.