Victims were in a crosswalk, police say. Most injuries minor
Six children were injured when they were struck by a car while walking to school Friday morning.
The crash took place about 7:40 a.m. at Fifth and Kern Streets.
One of the children suffered "moderate to major" injuries, Taft Police and Kern County firefighters said.
The others escaped with minor injuries, mostly complaints of pain, according to firefighters.
Three children were transported to Bakersfield hospitals by ambulance for treatment.
Police said the children were in a crosswalk on the west side of the intersection walking northbound when they were struck by the car.
The car was eastbound on Kern in the slow lane when it struck the children.The most seriously injured child lay in the crosswalk while being treated by paramedics and firefighters.
The children were in a marked crosswalk, police said.
The other children walked or were carried to the steps on a church at the intersection.
Firefighters and paramedics examined the children there as anxious parents and school officials rushed to the scene.
The driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.
Chief of Police Ed Whiting said drugs and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash.
Investigating officers said visibility may have played a role.
The driver was eastbound on Kern looking directly into the sun, they said, and he told them he was wiping moisture from the windshield when he struck the children.
"The driver said his windshield fogged up," said Erik Hallmark.