Car fire and truck accident on Monday

Car fire and truck accident on Monday »Play Video
Bakersfield fire crews race in to extinguish a couple of small fires near south Chester Ave.

Just before 1 pm Monday afternoon an SUV caught fire near south Chester Ave and Sandra Drive. The fire then spread to a nearby fence and telephone pole.

Fire crews were able to knock out the blaze, but the SUV received major damage.

A small grass fire was also extinguished nearby. The cause of both fires is under investigation.

In another part of town, one man is sent to the hospital with major injuries after a head on collision with a diesel truck.

The accident happened this morning on DiGiorgio Road in Lamont when 33 year old Angelo Mendoza dozed off at the wheel of his Ford Explorer.

The SUV drifted over into another lane where he collided head on with the diesel truck.

Mendoza was taken to Kern Medical Center. He's reported to have major injuries but is expected to live.

The driver of the big rig was not injured.