Is Highway 138 too dangerous to drive?

  • [photo by Jeff Zimmerman]

    [photo by Jeff Zimmerman]

By Gary Meyer and Marcy Axness, TME

Three fatalities in the last three weeks on State Route 138 between Interstate 5 and State Route 14 may have drivers wondering about the headline above.

Driving the 138 can be an enjoyable experience. The views of the Tehachapi Mountains are lovely to see, and remnants of the old west pop up here and there. When the wildflowers are blooming, people often pull over to take in the beauty.

You can be a good driver, following all the rules, and then a stranger can change everything by making a decision to pass a slower vehicle while unable to see oncoming traffic. Or, someone decides to take “just a quick peek” at an incoming text message.

And then…a horrific explosion of vehicles colliding and in one unfathomable instant, a person’s life is over, families are shattered and the…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Los Angeles County firefighters extinguish flames from Art Appleby’s motorcycle.

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This is part of the November 2, 2018 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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