Medical condition triggers accident, CHP says

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Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

A woman died following a single vehicle accident in Ford City Monday that may have been caused by a medical condition, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to the CHP, a 45-year-old woman whose name has not been released was southbound on Harrison approaching Cedar when her Nissan Titan pickup stopped about 40 feet north of the intersection and remained still for about 17 seconds. It then began to slowly roll south through the intersection with Cedar and finally came to a stop about 265 feet south of the intersection after striking a sign on the sidewalk.

Good Samaritans pulled the woman from the truck and started CPR, the CHP said. A Kern County Sheriff's deputy pulled up and assisted until firefighters and an ambulance arrive.

Life-saving measures were performed for approximately 23 minutes, the CHP said.

"The initial investigation indicates the driver possibly succumbed to a possible medical condition," the CHP said in a news release.