Victim flown to Kern Medical Center

A Taft woman was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 119.

The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway about one-quarter mile west of Tupman Road.

Mechanical issue may have played a part in the crash, the California Highway Patrol said.

Leona Pennock, a passenger in the car, suffered major injuries.

She was flown from the scene to Kern Medical by air ambulance.

CHP officer Adam Taylor said 54-year-old Norman Byrd of Taft was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima eastbound when it hit a bump. Bad struts on the vehicle caused Byrd to lose control and the car went off the road and struck an embankment.

The car sustained only minor damage but Pennock, 77, riding in the right front seat, was unrestrained. and suffered multiple lacerations and possible broken legs.

"This collision serves as a good reminder of the importance of always wearing your seatbelt," Taylor said

Byrd was take to Kern Medical by ground ambulance with back pain.

This accident was the second of the day in the same area.

There were no injuries in a single-vehicle accident a couple of miles to the west when vehicle overturned about 7:30 a.m.