Deadly Accident Leaves 1 Dead on Stockdale Highway 

Investigators are working to piece together all the details of a fatal head-on collision that occurred in Bakersfield Friday morning,

Per CHP, the accident took place just before 2 in the morning on Stockdale Highway.

An SUV & semi-truck were among the two vehicles involved that collided on March 18th.

The SUV apparently veered into opposing traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with a semi-truck.

Sadly, the driver of the SUV died at the scene. The passenger also suffered undisclosed injuries and was taken to a local hospital. 

Reports also included that the semi-truck driver suffered only minor injuries. He stayed at the scene and fully cooperated with authorities. 

Police redirected traffic between Highway 43 and Interstate 5 for a period of time following the wreck.

The crash remains under investigation.

It is most often those in passenger cars that are killed in large truck collisions. Semi trucks typically weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars which leaves occupants of smaller cars more vulnerable. 

Additionally, head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes. 

The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that: 

  • 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
  • They are most common on two-lane highways
  • Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
  • 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality

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