Road Closed After Truck Collision at Old River Road and Taft Highway [Bakersfield, CA]

Road Closed After Truck Collision at Old River Road and Taft Highway [Bakersfield, CA]
Road Closed After Truck Collision at Old River Road and Taft Highway [Bakersfield, CA]

Injuries Reported After Collision of Semi-Trucks in Bakersfield

 
BAKERSFIELD, CA (January 16, 2022) — A truck collision at Old River Road and Taft Highway in Bakersfield resulted in minor injuries, officials said.
 
The California Highway Patrol reported that two semi-trucks collided in the area on Thursday morning at about 6:00 a.m. The impact forced one of the big rigs to overturn on its side. Furthermore, it was leaking fluid and blocking the roadway.
 
The authorities had Taft Highway closed in both directions, between Old River Road and Gosford Road. Also, they diverted westbound traffic at Gosford Road and eastbound traffic at Old River Road. Taft Highway reopened after six hours.
 
Meanwhile, the cause and the circumstances leading up to the semi-truck collision remain under investigation.
 
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