Authorities Investigating Santa Barbara County Crash on Highway 154
Santa Barbara County, California (April 17, 2022) – According to the California Highway Patrol, three people were sent to the hospital with severe injuries after a pickup truck and an SUV collided head-on near Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County.
The accident involved a Chevy Silverado and a Chevy Blazer.
Authorities said the vehicles collided at about 10:50 a.m. on Highway 154 near Foxen Canyon Road.
A 69-year-old Los Olivos man was driving the Silverado west on the highway when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted into the eastbound lanes and into the path of the Blazer driven by a 37-year-old San Francisco man. The vehicles collided head-on.
Santa Barbara County firefighters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies and the American Medical Response responded to the scene.
At least one person was extricated from the wreckage by the firefighters.
Both drivers and a 37-year-old San Francisco resident who was a passenger in the Blazer suffered critical injuries. Another passenger in the Blazer, a 38-year-old San Francisco resident, sustained minor injuries.
A helicopter was requested to respond and airlift the patient who was trapped. Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit’s Copter 3 landed on the highway and transported the victim to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The other patients were transported to the hospital by ground ambulance.
The highway was closed for about an hour following the collision.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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After being involved in a car accident, there are several important steps that you should take before anything else. They include; getting medical help, gathering evidence, and reporting the accident.
- See a Doctor
Whether you suffered severe or minor injuries in a car accident, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. A doctor will diagnose and treat your injuries. Seeing a doctor also helps prevent future health problems that may arise due to neglected treatment of injuries, particularly internal or spine injuries. A doctor also helps document evidence that is necessary when filing a personal injury lawsuit.
- Gather Evidence
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- Report the Accident
Report your car accident to relevant authorities so that they can write a report about it.
When you get to the stage of filing a personal injury claim, it is advisable to first take advantage of a free consultation from a personal injury attorney. An attorney will help you answer all your questions about your car accident and advise you on the best steps to take.
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