KRAMER JUNCTION - Several accidents shut down a portion of highways 58 and 395 causing problems for the Boron area. The incidents occurred during the afternoon and evening commutes on May 14 approximately two miles west of Kramer Junction.
According to the Barstow area CHP, the first accident involved three semi-trucks and a Honda Accord, which were traveling on State Route 58 when the accident occurred. The 2018 Honda Accord was stopped in traffic eastbound on SR 58. At the same time, a 2017 Freightliner stopped behind the Honda and a 2018 Peterbilt was traveling westbound on 58 approaching the Honda and Freightliner. A 2013 Freightliner traveling eastbound on the 58 collided into the trailer of the 2017 Freightliner; sending it in the rear end of the Accord sending the vehicle into the left side of the oncoming Peterbilt, which ended up approximately 30 feet off the highway onto the shoulder.
Kern County Fire Station 17 and Hall Ambulance out of Boron as well as Desert Ambulance out of Barstow responded to the scene to extricate the victims from their vehicles. The driver of the Peterbilt suffered major injuries and was airlifted by Mercy Air 14 to Antelope Valley Hospital and treated for his injuries, while the occupants of the Accord were transported via ground ambulance to Barstow Hospital with minor injuries and the drivers of the other two trucks refused treatment.
ARC Towing and Desert Valley Towing out of Barstow as well as Castro Towing out of Mojave responded to the scene to remove the wreckage while Caltrans used a loader to remove a spilled load of boxes.
A second accident, which was a single vehicle rollover, occurred just after 6 p.m. on State Route 58 just west of the Boron Avenue off ramp. According to Mojave area CHP, the rollover involved Silver Nissan Rogue with a lone occupant. The vehicle came to rest on the shoulder approximately 25 feet off the highway; the lone occupant suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.
A third accident involving a 1997 Coachman motor home, a 2015 Dodge 3500 pickup truck towing a Chevy Express toy hauler and a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck occurred on northbound highway 395, approximately two miles south of Kramer Junction. According to Barstow area CHP, the Coachman was traveling northbound on 395 when for unknown reasons; the Dodge collided in the rear of the motor homes‚Äô trailer. The impact sent the Dodge into the southbound lanes. The front end of the freightliner collided into the passenger side of the toy hauler. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Barstow Hospital for treatment; the occupants in the other vehicles were uninjured. State Route 395 was shut down for a short time while crews cleared the debris from the highway.
A fourth accident which involved a 2012 Peterbilt semi-truck and a 2019 Freightliner occurred just before 9 p.m. on eastbound SR 58, approximately two miles west of Kramer Junction. According to the Barstow area CHP, the Peterbilt was traveling eastbound on 58 approaching stopped traffic when for unknown reasons, the Peterbilt collided into the trailer of the freightliner. The driver of the Freightliner suffered minor injuries, both refused treatment. State Route 58 was reopened for normal traffic flow just after 11 p.m. and the California Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause into the accidents.
A fifth accident occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m. on a dirt road just right of the Mojave/Tropico Road and Backus Road intersection just off of State Route 14. According to Mojave area CHP, a FedEx truck collided with another vehicle. The collision caused minor damage to the vehicles and minor injuries to the drivers. Kern County Fire Station 14 and Hall ambulance out of Mojave responded to the scene however, both drivers refused medical treatment and contacted their own tow companies. The CHP is still investigating the cause of the incident.