Victim cut from wrecked cab by KCFD
A truck driver pinned in a crashed cab of had to be extricated by Kern County firefighters after his truck, loaded with compressed natural gas, overturned near Tupman late Monday night.
The victim, who was not identified, had to be cut from the wreck with hydraulic rescue tools, including the "Jaws of Life," according to the KCFD.
It was a complicated and potentially dangerous operation, the KCFD said.
"As firefighters worked to extricate the driver, they monitored the scene for any leaking gas from the trailer," the KCFD said in a news release.
Once the driver was freed and transported by ambulance, firefighters backed away from the scene, blocked access and attempted to evacuate a few close by residents in the area, the KCFD said. The KCFD hazmat Team responded to evaluate the scene and conduct further air monitoring. Fire department personnel remained on scene monitoring the situation until the wreckage was uprighted and removed.
The name of the driver and the extent of his injuries wasn't immediately available.
The crash took place on Tupman Road north of Grace Avenue at 11:15 p.m.
Tupman road was closed between Grace and Highway 119 until 7 a.m.