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Porterville, CA – Two Injured in Crash with Big Rig on Hwy 65 near Morton Ave

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Porterville, CA (August 7, 2021) – Two people were injured in a car accident involving a big rig in Porterville on the morning of August 6, according to reports from officials in the area. The incident occurred on Highway 65 near Morton Avenue just after 3:00 a.m. for reasons still under police investigation. 

Officers determined that one person had lost their life and three others were injured in the wreck upon their arrival at the scene. A big rig driven by a 22-year-old man from Delano was traveling south on 65 approaching Morton Avenue when he collided with a guard rail. 

The left side of the diesel tank was damaged in the wreck. Diesel fuel was spilled in the roadway and the truck was then disabled, blocking both southbound lanes of Highway 65 south of Morton Avenue.

A short time later, a GMC Sierra headed south being driven by a 23-year-old Bakersfield man collided with the left rear-end of the semi-truck. The vehicle then came to rest at the center median. 

Then, shortly afterward, a 2003 Honda Accord also collided with the big rig. The driver of the Accord, identified as a 21-year-old man from Porterville, lost his life in the wreck. A passenger present in the Accord at the time of the wreck also required hospitalization after the collision. 

The driver of the big rig sustained minor injuries in the crash. Police in the area continue to investigate the details of the incident. The driver from Bakersfield was also injured and transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. Our thoughts are with those involved in hopes of a full recovery. 

Car Accidents near Bakersfield

Being involved in a vehicle accident can have a lasting impact on the lives of victims and their families. More than 270,000 accidents take place in our state each year. Although we want everyone to walk away from accidents without any issues, this is not the case. Automobile accidents throughout the state of California claim the lives of more than 3,200 people each year. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. In fact, statistics show that reckless driving, negligence, speeding, driving while impaired, and other careless actions while operating vehicles contribute to around 80% of collisions each year.

Losing a loved one under any circumstances can be challenging to accept. Knowing that your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident just makes the situation even more emotional. Not only are families forced to endure endless mental and emotional suffering, but they are often required to spend tens of thousands of dollars on medical treatment, property damages, funeral services, and more. After enduring the loss of a loved one in an accident, caused by the negligent actions of others, families can reach out to a car accident attorney in Bakersfield to explore legal options available to them moving forward.

For nearly four decades, the Bakersfield car accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped guide families after losing loved ones in accidents resulting from the negligence of other motorists sharing the road. Our attorneys strive to help our clients better understand options available to them moving forward to ensure they are able to maximize their recoveries and get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Through our keen attention to detail and extensive knowledge of personal injury laws in California, we are able to provide our clients with competent and trusted legal representation to help our clients win so they can hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. If your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident, reach out to one of our personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield by calling (888) 500-5000. Our team is available to meet with you and discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Bakersfield.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Bakersfield and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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