Two individuals have died, and nine others have been wounded in an accident that included dozens of cars along a section of southern California’s southbound Interstate 5 that was covered in fog.
When firefighters arrived at the chaotic scene, Kern County Fire Department spokesperson Jim Calhoun informed reporters that visibility was about 10 feet.
Authorities said the 35-vehicle crash occurred west of Bakersfield.
According to officials, 35 drivers were involved, with 17 cars and 18 big rigs. It is thought that fog played a significant role in the accidents.
CHP Buttonwillow Police officer Manny Garcia said Sherman Blvd. between Old River Road and Millux Road was closed for the remainder of the day. Highway 223 eastbound to 99 southbound was the detour used by the traffic.
According to CHP, the investigation received assistance from the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Teams (MAIT).
Police officials told local news that the situation was hectic when they arrived.
As a result of the burst saddle tanks carrying compressed natural gas, several uninjured spectators were caught in the natural gas cloud while attempting to assist others.
The southbound lanes were stopped overnight while personnel cleared up debris and identified the official cause of the incident, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
A report reveals fog is among the most hazardous weather situations for driving. In dense fog, it could be almost impossible for a motorist to see the road ahead.
If you are experiencing problems seeing through the windshield, refer to the white line painted on the outer edge of the road to determine the correct positioning of your car. Stay away from the center line as it might put you in the path of approaching automobiles.
Every year, fog contributes to over 38,700 car accidents, with over 600 lives lost, as reported by the Department of Transportation.