The California Highway Patrol says speed and reduced visibility due to fog may have been factors in a fatal collision Friday morning.
The full release is below:
On Friday, November 19, 2021, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Bakersfield CHP officers responded to a major injury crash on South Union Avenue at Jose Ramos Court.
The driver of a GMC Envoy SUV was traveling southbound on South Union Avenue in excess of 60 mph approaching Jose Ramos Court in limited visibility, due to fog. The driver of a big rig, Freightliner semi-trailer combination, was crossing the southbound lanes of South Union Avenue from Jose Ramos Court in an easterly direction. As the big-rig crossed both southbound lanes, the driver of the GMC was unable to stop in time and collided into the left side of the trailer. Due to the impact, the GMC became partially wedged underneath the trailer.
The driver of the GMC was pronounced deceased at the scene. An adult female right front passenger and a two-three year old female juvenile received major injuries and were transported by ground ambulance to Kern Medical Hospital. The juvenile was not secured in a car seat.
We do not suspect alcohol or drugs played a factor with this crash.
All lanes of South Union Avenue were closed for approximately four hours for investigation and cleanup.