Two dead, passenger injured after car rolls into canal

Kern County Fire crews work to rescue occupants of a car that rolled into a canal on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo provided by the Kern County Fire Department)

UPDATE: The Kern County coroner's office on Monday, June 19, identified the people killed in this crash as 68-year-old Annette Yenson and 77-year-old Terry Yenson. Both were from Garden Grove.

The original story, published June 17, is below.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A 77-year-old and a 68-year-old are dead after a crash on Interstate 5 north of Highway 223 just before 6 p.m. Friday.

California Highway Patrol officials say the couple and a passenger went off the roadway and rolled over into a nearby canal.

By the time crews had arrived, the car was almost completely under water.

Firefighters were able to put a ladder and ropes into the water to use the Jaws of Life to get the front and back doors open.

All three were hospitalized, but the passenger, identified as 31-year-old Scott Leonard Yensen, was the only survivor. He sustained moderate injuries.

The crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.

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