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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Rollover on 395 claims Virginia man

  • A Virginia man lost his life Saturday night when his Jeep rolled over on Highway 395 just north of Inyokern Road.
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  • A Virginia man lost his life Saturday night when his Jeep rolled over on Highway 395 just north of Inyokern Road.
    According to a California Highway Patrol report, Timothy Michael Johns was traveling north on the 395 onramp from Inyokern Road and failed to properly negotiate the curve in the roadway and traveled onto the west dirt shoulder of the onramp.
    He reportedly overcorrected his steering to the right, and vehicle skidded across the onramp onto the open desert east of the onramp. The vehicle overturned, and the driver was fully ejected.
    Johns was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt and suffered major blunt force trauma.
    Liberty Ambulance transported him to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, and was airlifted to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, where he succumbed to his injuries.
    The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
    Kern County Fire Department Engines 73 and 74 and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office also responded.
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