Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Jonathan Drucker

43 Incident - Vehicle Accident with Pin-in
DATE: January 12, 2024
TIME: 14:58

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Vehicle Accident with Pin-in
Location: Highway 43 @ Pond Rd.
Closest Community: McFarland
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

MCFARLAND, Calif., On January 12, 2024, at 2:58 p.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a report of 4 vehicle traffic collision at the intersection of Highway 43 and Pond Rd. On their arrival, they found the wreckage of a 4 vehicle accident with 2 of the vehicles showing major damage from the impact. Debris was strewn about the area and firefighters made their way to the vehicles to check for victims. 3 patients were found. Unfortunately, one was deceased. Another was found with severe injuries prompting the incident commander to request an air ambulance. As the medevac helicopter neared, a captain was assigned to find a landing zone and make contact with the helicopter’s crew. They were landed on highway 43 just north of the incident. Firefighters assisted with the loading of the patient into the helicopter. Meanwhile, crews cared for the 3rd patient, who was found pinned in their vehicle. Extensive damage to the doors had trapped the patient inside. Fire crews used Jaws of Life tools to force open a door, freeing the patient.

No injuries to firefighters occurred. The scene was left to be investigated by CHP. 


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $0
Estimated Value SAVED: $0

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E31, E33, E34, E37
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BATT3, INFO2

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

CHP, Mercy Air, KCSO

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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