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California Highway Shut Due Multiple Icy-Weather Collisions

A California highway remained shut between Mojave and Bakersfield early on Thursday, February 23, Caltrans said, following multiple collisions caused by icy conditions, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the evening before.

State Route 58 closed as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned of a “dangerous” winter storm approaching.

In this footage, a member of CHP can be heard saying that the collisions on SR 58 were due to “people driving too fast for the snowy conditions and the icy roadway.”

Drivers were encouraged to “avoid the area, make alternate plans, make sure you stay safe.” Credit: CHP Mojave via Storyful

Video transcript

- This is the California Highway Patrol Mojave area with another update on State Route 58 between Mojave and Bakersfield. State Route 58 between those two locations is currently being closed. So please make sure you check Caltrans Quick Map for road updates and the National Weather Service for weather updates.

This closure is in place due to several collisions that we're responding to in the area due to people driving too fast for the snowy conditions and the icy roadway. Significant snowfall is expected at these higher elevations tonight. So please avoid the area. Make alternate plans. Make sure that you stay safe. If you happen to be out on any roads, slow down, leave extra room between vehicles, and make sure you put an emergency kit inside your vehicle before you leave. We hope you all have a good evening and stay safe out there.

This is the California Highway Patrol Mojave area with another update on State Route 58 between Mojave and Bakersfield. State Route 58 between those two locations is currently being closed. So please make sure you check Caltran's Quick Map for road updates and the National Weather Service for weather updates.

This closure is in place due to several collisions that we're responding to in the area due to people driving too fast for the snowy conditions and the icy roadway. Significant snowfall is expected at these higher elevations tonight. So please avoid the area. Make alternate plans. Make sure that you stay safe. If you happen to be out on any roads, slow down, leave extra room between vehicles, and make sure you put an emergency kit inside your vehicle before you leave. We hope you all have a good evening and stay safe out there.