70 vehicles collided Thursday on a foggy highway northwest of
Los Angeles in the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains, killing
one person and injuring 15, authorities said. The visibility near
the accident scene reportedly went from 100 feet at one point
to about zero.
said 77 vehicles were involved in the pileup, including a cement
truck, several big rigs, a county firetruck and a California Department
of Corrections prisoner van. The chain-reaction wreck, which reportedly
went on for about 10 minutes, shut down State Route 58 near Bakersfield
for a few hours.
the pileup was Carl Woosley, of Bakersfield, who died when his
appliance repair truck was struck by a semi. The truck was reported
to have veered into a center divider to avoid the collision, but
its trailer crashed into the back of Woosley's pickup.
15 separate crashes involving the 77 vehicles. Forty-two vehicles
collided on the eastbound side of the highway and 25 on the westbound