A semitruck traveling south on Maricopa Highway (Highway 33) near Wheeler’s Gorge hit a retaining wall Monday afternoon, causing the highway to be shut down for several hours.
The truck, driven by 64-year-old Bakersfield resident Jesus Gonzalez, was carrying a load of gypsum from a mine in Cuyama to Oxnard. According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Steve Reid, Gonzalez was driving around a curve when he swerved right to avoid an oncoming vehicle. His right rear wheel grazed the retaining wall and the tire went over the edge. “The axle essentially came out from under the trailer,” said Reid,” and the truck came to a stop within the southbound lane.” Both lanes were closed from about 3 to 9:30 p.m. to clean up the scene.
Gonzalez was not injured and was not charged with a crime in the accident.