INYOKERN, Calif., On December 20, 2023, at 8:25 p.m. Kern County firefighters were dispatched to a report of a major vehicle accident on Highway 14, approximately 10 miles north of the Dove Springs entrance. On their arrival, firefighters found the wreckage of a two vehicle head on collision, blocking both lanes of the highway. The incident was named the Desert Incident. Victims were assessed for the severity of their injuries. Sadly, one individual was confirmed deceased. Two patients were identified and immediately treated for injuries. The high velocity impact left the vehicles twisted and mangled. One patient was immediately transported by ambulance with severe injuries. The other patient was pinned in their vehicle, requiring extrication. Working in the rain, firefighters used tools and expertise to open up the wreckage and safely remove the patient. Meanwhile a dog was found, alive, and tended to by firefighters. The dog appeared to have been ejected, thrown from the vehicle during the impact. Animal control was contacted to take custody of the dog. The crew cared for the dog and covered it with dry clothes to give it comfort from the rain.
Kern County Animal Services was later contacted about the dog’s well-being. They stated that the dog had been picked up by it’s owner or a family member of the owner.
No injuries to firefighters occurred on this incident.
The Kern County Fire Department would like to encourage all travelers to utilize safe driving practices during inclement weather and during this busy holiday season. Weather conditions, road conditions, obstructions and emergency workers all need to be recognized and reacted to. Please be alert and attentive! We wish you a safe and Merry Christmas.