Deadly crash on Taft Highway

Taft Highway has reopened following a deadly accident Saturday afternoon.

TAFT, CA -- Taft Highway has reopened following a deadly accident Saturday afternoon.

The CHP believe the driver of a Chevy Malibu crossed into the westbound lane, causing a head-on collision.

Rescue crews from Bakersfield and Buttonwillow helped free surviving passengers from two vehicles following the accident.

CHP officers say a passenger from the Malibu and a passenger from the GMC Sierra pickup truck were killed.

"Initial report looks like the grey Malibu might have moved into the westbound lane. It's unknown at this time if it was trying to pass another vehicle," said Chris Carr, California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Malibu is hospitalized in critical condition.

Officers say the driver of the pickup truck received moderate injuries along with another person in the truck.

The passengers who were killed have been identified as 32-year-old Chad Everett of Taft and 28-year-old Carlos Sanchez of Bakersfield. 

"You have to watch out for the yellow double lines and pay attention to when you're going to pass. You're only going to save yourself about five minutes getting from Taft to Bakersfield or vice versa trying to pass other cars. It's best to just be safe and follow in line with traffic," continued Carr.

CHP is investigating the accident.

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