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      CHP reports head-on crash near Taft

      {A href="http://search.bakersfieldnow.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=Bakersfield"}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A head-on crash snarled traffic Tuesday on Elk Hills Road near Skyline Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

      The crash occurred around 5 a.m. in rural western Kern County. The roadway was cleared by at least 8:45 a.m.

      Investigators said 24-year-old Johnny Shankle of Shafter was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup southbound on Elk Hills Road, when for unknown reasons his truck drifted into the northbound lanes and hit a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup head on.

      Shankle suffered major injuries. All four people in the other pickup were identified as being from Taft and all were injured. The driver, 29-year-old Marzey Alvillanes-Mejia was hospitalized with moderate injuries along with two male passengers. An unidentified female passenger was hospitalized with major injuries.

      The crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
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