BAKERSFIELD, CA – On Thursday, Sep 24 about 9:00 am, a semi truck big rig took a turn too fast on Highway 58 near Bakersfield, California about two miles east of Broome Road and tipped over, spilling a load of empty tequila bottles. The truck accident caused westbound lanes of Hwy 58 between Bakersfield and Tehachapi to be shut down until about 4:30 pm later that afternoon.
Ed Smith, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the driver of a big rig semi truck was heading westbound on Highway 58 when he took a curve too fast. That caused the trailer of the big rig to overturn and slam into another big rig. The truck crash spilled empty tequila bottles all over the roadway. No injuries were reported.
Crews spent several hours cleaning up the mess. All westbound lanes were closed for longer than expected. At least one westbound lane of Highway 58 east of Broome Road remained closed until 4:30 pm.
The semi truck accident occurred when the 35 year old driver, Lakhvir Pandher Singh, was attempting to pass another tractor-trailer driven by 43 year old Jorawar Singh, when he lost control of the big rig and overturned. Smith stated that Pandher Singh was attempting to pass another big rig at an unsafe speed while he was going into a left-hand turn. The semi truck overturned and stuck the back half of the other tractor trailer rig. Both drivers were from Fresno, California.
Smith said that when the truck was removed from the highway at about 2:20 pm, lifting it from the pavement caused more of the cargo to fall out onto the roadway. This is what extended the cleanup time longer than expected.
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Smith also stated that the westbound lanes of Highway 58 were closed at State Route 202 until shortly after 5 pm, Thursday. During this time motorists had to detour over to Woodford Tehachapi Road to be able to reach Tehachapi or to be able to access Highway 58 at Keene Ranch.