CHP says pickup was passing when it collided with cement pumping trailer
A woman and two children suffered minor to moderate injuries in a collision on Highway 119 just east of Elk Hills Road Wednesday morning that could have been much worse than it was, the California Highway patrol said.
CHP Officer Adam Taylor said a Maricopa woman and her two children were in a Ford F-150 pickup eastbound on Highway 119 about 10 am.
Witnesses told the CHP the pickup went into the westbound lanes to pass and came directly into the path of a utility truck puling a cement pumping trailer.
The driver of the utility truck swerved to the right to avoid a head-on collision but the pickup collided with the trailer, causing major damage to the driver's side of the truck.
The woman, 42, and an 8-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy escaped more serious injury because they were wearing seat belts, Taylor said.
Their names were not immediately available.
The driver of the utility truck suffered minor injuries but declined treatment, Kern County firefighters said.
The injured were all taken to Bakersfield Hospitals for treatment.
Highway 119 was closed between Elk Hills road and Airport Road for about an hour.