Kern County fire officials say three people have died in a fiery crash involving eleven vehicles on southbound Interstate 5 near Bakersfield.

A fire department news release says the accident happened shortly before 5:20 p.m. Tuesday north of Highway 119.

Officials say four big rigs and seven passenger vehicles collided and six of the vehicles caught fire.

Crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to free a small child who was trapped in a car seat in one of the vehicles. The child was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

Five other people were taken to hospitals in stable condition.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.