Kern County firefighters, California Highway Patrol officers and Hall Ambulance personnel were kept busy late Friday night and into Saturday morning with two serious traffic accidents occurring within an hour of each other.
The first accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Friday night in the vicinity of Westwood Boulevard and Briarwood Street in Golden Hills.
For an unknown reason, the only involved vehicle, a pick-up truck, ended up on its side. Two of its occupants were transported to Kern Medical Center by Hall's ground ambulance as they were assessed with moderate injuries.
The second accident took place around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. This accident was on Highway 202 near Schout Road in Old Town and also involved only a single vehicle traveling west bound on Highway 202.
The vehicle (a white SUV for unknown reasons traveled across the eastbound lane and continued up the highway embankment on the opposite side of the road. As it traveled along this embankment it tore out 150 feet of fencing and finally came to rest upside down in a small drainage ditch.
Of the three occupants, two refused medical aid while a third was listed with life-threatening injuries and flown by Mercy Air Ambulance to Kern County Medical Center in Bakersfield.
Both accidents are still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Names of those involved have not been released.