CHP: Semi-Truck Collision on Hwy 43 Leaves One Dead!

The California Highway Patrol reports that one person died following a head-on collision involving a semi-truck on Highway 43 on Wednesday. Officers were called to the crash near Highway 43 north of Panama Lane at 12:15 p.m., according to CHP.

According to the police, a semi-truck traveling north on Highway 43 at about 57 mph was passing a southbound Kia Sol driven by a 42-year-old Bakersfield male.

The Kia Sol’s unbuckled driver abruptly changed lanes into the northbound lane in front of the semi-truck for no apparent reason. The semi-truck’s right front and the Kia Sol’s left front collided.

Then, according to CHP, the Kia spun out and flipped over on its side. The west shoulder is where the semi-truck came to a stop.

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The semi-truck driver suffered minor injuries, but the driver of the Kia was pronounced dead at the site.

Following the collision, State Route 43 was momentarily closed between the State Route 58 intersection and the area just north of Panama Lane, per Caltrans.

It’s unclear right now if alcohol or dr*gs played a role in the collision.

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