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Calif. firefighter, medic injured in car crash

The two managed to climb out of their overturned vehicle; they both escaped with minor injuries

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KERN COUNTY, Calif. — Four people, including a Hall Ambulance paramedic supervisor and Kern County firefighter, were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 119 just north of Taft Saturday night.

The California Highway Patrol said the collision is being investigated as a possible drunk driving crash. Less than two hours later and 20 miles to the east, one person was killed and and another suffered major injuries when a vehicle overturned on Highway 119 about 2 miles west of Buena Vista Road.

A CHP officer at the scene of the crash near Taft said a Chevrolet minivan was northbound on Highway 119 between Cedar and Harrison when it swerved into the southbound lane and collided nearly head-on with an Hall Ambulance SUV. Two people were in side the Hall vehicle — a paramedic supervisor and a firefighter he was driving back to Taft after the firefighter rode to Bakersfield in an ambulance to help treat a patient from an earlier call.

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