Christina Collins Injured in Fatal Semi-Truck Crash on Taft Highway [Bakersfield, CA]


80-Year-Old Woman Dead in Big-Rig Collision near Buena Vista Road

BAKERSFIELD, CA (August 19, 2022) – Monday morning, Christina Collins was injured in a semi-truck crash that killed an 80-year-old woman.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on Taft Highway near Buena Vista Road.

According to reports, a pickup truck, occupied by Collins and a 80-year-old driver, was attempting a eastbound turn onto the highway. The pickup truck traveled into the path of a westbound semi-truck, driven by Alexander Koolmees. The two vehicles collided, causing the pickup truck to be pushed into a nearby power pole.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene shortly after and pronounced the 80-year-old female pickup driver dead at the scene. Meanwhile, 19-year-old pickup passenger Collins suffered moderate injuries. 60-year-old Koolmees was unhurt.

Although, officers have not yet disclosed the identity of the deceased victim pending notification of next of kin.


The team at Sweet James sends their warm and sincerest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the deceased victim. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.


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