Rollover in canyon

Edited by Kern Valley Sun

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at approximately 7:45 a.m., Party #1 was traveling westbound on SR-178 through the Kern River Canyon at an unknown speed. For reasons still to be determined, Party #1 left the roadway and tumbled down the steep embankment. Party #1 overturned several times and came to rest 300 feet down the embankment. Due to the severity of the impact, Party #1 sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. SR-178 was closed in both directions for approximately 5 hours for the investigation and the retrieval of the driver and vehicle.

At this time it is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role with this crash. As of press time, the victim’s identity has not been released by the Kern County Sheriff-Coroner.