Driver rad red light, swerved into welding truck stopped at intersection
A woman was seriously injured early Tuesday when her car ran a red light then veered into a head-on collision with a truck at Tenth and Kern, Taft Police said.
The woman, identified later as Marnie Goatcher, will be charged with misdemeanor drunk driving, Chief of Police Ed Whiting said.
The crash took place about 6:30 a.m.
Taft Police Sgt. Corey Beilby said the woman, whose name was not released, was northbound on Tenth approaching Kern Street.
Witnesses told police Goatcher's Acura didn't stop for the red signal and proceeded into the intersection, where it veered into the southbound left turn lane and collided with a Dodge Ram 3500 welding truck.
Goatcher had also ran a stop sign at Tenth and Pilgrim moments before the crash, Whiting said.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
The woman was trapped in the vehicle for a time before fighters cut away the door to remove her.
She was taken by ambulance to a Bakersfield hospital for treatment.
Her injuries were described as moderate.