Crash occurred about 8 p.m. at Hillard and Kern

 A driver was seriously injured when his pickup collided head-on with a tractor trailer combination on Kern Street at Hillard Monday evening.

Taft Police Sgt. Shad Swanson said at the scene that the investigation is in the early stages, but officers are looking into the possibility that the pickup was westbound on Kern and was attempting to make a left turn onto Hillard when it drove into the path of collided with the eastbound vacuum truck.

The pickup driver suffered major injuries, firefighters said.
He was taken by ambulance to  a landing pad near Elk Hills gate 2 where he was transferred to a medivac helicopter to be flown to  Kern Medical Center.
The vacuum truck driver was not injured.The names of the two drivers were not immediately.

There were no passengers in either vehicle