Bakersfield Police say it appears that alcohol was a factor

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Highway 119 that Bakersfield Police say may have been caused by a drunk driver.

The BPD said a silver Nissan Altima was eastbound on the highway just west of Stine Road about 10:15 a.m. when it swerved into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a black pickup.

The driver of the black pickup was critically injured.

Police said it appears the driver of the Nissan may have been impaired by alcohol.
The driver of the Nissan and his passenger both suffered moderate injuries, according to the BPD.

Both drivers were identified only as adults by Bakersfield Police. The passenger in the Nissan was not identified.

All three victims were pinned in the wreckage and had to be extricated by firefighters.

The critically injured patient was flown to Kern Medical.

Highway 119 was closed between Ashe and Stine for about two hours after the accident.