ABC 23 reports that a woman has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a triple fatality crash on the Weedpatch Highway on Friday, November 26.
According to a statement released by the California Highway Patrol, the fatal crash happened at approximately 2:28 a.m. when a woman driving a 2000 Grand Cherokee SUV southbound on the Weedpatch Highway just north of Smith Road crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 2005 Toyota.
California Highway Patrol officers, along with firefighters and paramedics, responded to the scene of the accident. The driver of the Toyota and two passengers inside the Jeep Cherokee were declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee has been identified as 38-year-old Marcia Luqueleyson of Lamont. Luqueleyson suffered severe injuries in the crash and was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment. She was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Weedpatch Highway was closed at the intersection with Smith Road for several hours while the crash scene was investigated and cleaned up.
Authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims pending an investigation by the county coroner’s office and the notification of next of kin.
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