Incident Name: Kern River Canyon Incident
Incident Time:

13:16:00 p.m.

Incident Date: 1-20-2019
Incident Type: Technical Rescue
Equipment Assigned: Engines 42,45, 72; Helo 407 on standby; Battalion 7
Injuries: Serious
Fatalities: 1
Total Personnel: 10

Kern River Canyon, CA

At 1:16 p.m. Sunday, the Kern County Fire Department was dispatched to reports of a vehicle over the side on Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon. First arriving crews were able to locate a vehicle that went over the side and down into the canyon. The primary search found one victim that appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead on scene. A secondary search was completed with no other victims found. Kern County Fire crews set up a low angle rope system in order to assist The Kern County Coroner's Office in bringing the victims body up to the Highway. There were no other civilian injuries and no rescue personnel were injured during this operation.  

Assisting Agencies: CHP, Coroner Office



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