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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • One killed, one hurt in Highway 166 head-on collision

  • Taft man was driving welding truck when Honda went out of control and into its path
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  • A teenager was killed when he lost control of his small car and it collided head-on with a welding truck east of Maricopa Monday afternoon.
    The driver of the welding truck, a Taft man, escaped serious injury. His name was not immediately released.
    The fatality was initially identified by CHP officers as a 19-year-old from Lamont but a Kern County Coroner's news release later said the victim was a 19-year-old from Lebec.
    The crash was reported on Highway 166 west of Old River Road about 3:30 p.m.
    California Highway Patrol Sgt. Layne Logan said the car, a Honda Civic, was eastbound on Highway 166 when he came up on slower traffic and apparently tried to pass on the right on the dirt shoulder, When he re-entered the roadway, the car went out of control and into the westbound lanes where it collided with the truck, a Dodge Ram 3500.
    The impact tore the Honda in half, with the front half, including the engine, laying in a shallow ditch and the driver's compartment blocking the westbound lane of the Highway
    The drivers were the only people in the vehicles involved, Logan said.
    Logan said at the scene it was uncertain if he would be transported by ambulance for evaluation or seek treatment on his own.

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