The woman screamed, and the intruder fled the area, police said.
Police responded to the area and set up a perimeter but did not locate the suspect.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office also said it was "on scene of (a) spaceship accident."
Virgin Galactic, communicating via Twitter, said the status of the pilots is unknown, but the California Highway Patrol told The Associated Press that there has been one fatality and one major injury.
The public often lets feelings of fear drive their perception of a risk, rather than the probability of the risk actually happening, said University of Oregon Psychology Professor Paul Slovic.
With Ebola in the headlines, Slovic said, our thoughts of possibly contracting the disease hit all the risk perception hot buttons. It's unfamiliar, it's deadly, it's invisible, and not easily controllable.
Slovic says we tend to overreact and over-prepare, so that a disease doesn't spread. He says a lot of the precautions are more to ease the public fears than prevent a tragedy.
Have you bought a laptop, iPad or other electronics on Craigslist?
Eugene Police want to know if you bought them from 21-year-old Kingsley Nkwonta.
Patients getting MRI scans at Sacred Heart at River Bend will get an experience they aren't likely to get anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest.
Adam Mellott, Riverbend’s Imaging Services Manager, said the machine can treat people of all sizes, from small children and obese adults.
Bullying is a problem at schools across the globe, but a group of teens at Thurston High School are taking a stand by saying it’s not welcome in their hallways.
Students in the school’s peer group produced a video called “Be You”, which addresses the harm that comes from bullying.
The normally chaotic lunchroom fell quiet Wednesday as the students watched their classmates pour their hearts out, one placard at a time.
A Chippewa Falls, Wisc., man faces rape and sodomy charges after he flew out to Oregon for a Lebanon girl he'd been contacting online since she was 11 years old, Lebanon Police said.
The typical college campus has classrooms, favorite hangouts - and even tanning salons.
A new study found 12 percent of the top colleges and universities in the U.S. have tanning facilities located right on campus.
More than 40 percent have tanning beds in off-campus housing, and it's almost always a free perk for tenants.
Dermatologists say ultraviolet radiation -- from both the sun and tanning beds -- is responsible for a recent rise in deadly melanoma in young people.
The Indoor Tanning Association disagrees.