Solo Crash Highway 178 into Kern River Canyon, Miracle Hot Springs

 Two Injured in Crash on Highway 178 in Crash Over Kern River Canyon

Steve Todd, Woman, Both Injured in Crash

KERN COUNTY, CALIF. (May 12, 2023) — Firefighters rescued two people early Friday after their car crashed off Highway 178 and into Kern River Canyon in Kern County.

The collision happened just west of Borel Road and south of Miracle Hot Springs and Lake Isabella.

Highway 178 Crash Near Miracle Hot Springs

Solo Crash Highway 178 into Kern River Canyon, Miracle Hot Springs
– Photo by the Kern County Fire Department

The Kern County Fire Department responded to the crash scene around 1:40 a.m. on Friday, May 12th, according to a CHP dispatch report. Police received an automated report from the car’s onboard notification system. The vehicle is a company car owned by Monarch Homes Services.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol also responded and searched for the crashed vehicle. The fire crews reportedly heard screaming from roughly 300 feet down the canyon. That’s where they located the totaled vehicle occupied by a man and woman.

Kern County Fire Department rescue crews located both people trapped inside the car with undisclosed injuries.

The man, identified by his employer Monarch Home Services as Steve Todd, was airlifted to Adventist Health. The unidentified woman was taken by ground ambulance to Kern County Medical Center. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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SOURCE: CHP Incident: 00012

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