Wet driving conditions prove deadly

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Three people are dead, including a 6-year-old girl, and a 10-year-old child is in critical condition after Friday night's dangerous driving conditions.

The wet weather wreaked havoc on local highways. The California Highway Patrol is pleading with drivers to slow down after two horrific accidents.

It was just after 8 Friday night when the CHP says 36-year-old Jamie Robertson was getting on Highway 99 south at the Rosedale Highway on-ramp with two children in the backseat.

She lost control of her Mustang, colliding with a semitruck traveling in the No. 3 lane.

Robertson and a 6-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene. The other child in the Ford sustained major injuries and was eventually airlifted to a hospital.

CHP Sgt. Shaun Crosswhite said the major cause of the accident is wet conditions and speed at which the vehicle entered the freeway. The tires lost traction and caused the Ford to slide onto the freeway.

The 10-year-old girl was listed in critical condition with major trauma to her head. The CHP has not released the relationship between Robertson and the children.

The driver of the big rig was not injured.

About an hour after that crash, a man driving a Ford F-150 truck south on Hwy. 99 lost control and smashed into a tree.

The CHP says the man's lower body was stuck in the truck from the damage. Several witnesses attempted to free the man, but the truck burst into flames.

The CHP says both tragedies could have been avoided.

Crosswhite says if it's wet to slow down, keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound with good tires, wipers and lights.

Due to the slick roadways in Kern County there were over a dozen car accidents reported overnight Friday.