Two Inmates and Jail Guard Hurt in Traffic Accident

Two Santa Barbara jail inmates and a custody deputy were hurt Monday morning in a traffic accident that involved two Sheriff’s transport vans. According to Santa Maria police, a woman driving a truck eastbound on Betteravia Road ran a red light at the Miller Street intersection and hit one of the vans, which was heading southbound on Miller. The impact sent the Sheriff’s van across the intersection where it struck the other van, which was stopped at the red light and facing northbound on Miller.

The first transport van was occupied by two inmates and a deputy who were all treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries. They have since been released. The deputy driver of the second van was not hurt, and the female truck driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

Santa Maria police said their department’s traffic unit will be citing the woman for running the red light.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Morning Train Runs On Time and Roomy

Twelve months after start of commuter service, train is less than half full.

Alleged Butane Honey Oil Dealer Arrested

Dylan Sulit-Swalley was paroled from Pelican Bay State Prison last year.

Crying Children Audibly Illustrate Border Crisis

Inhumane separation of families protested by everyone from Melania Trump to Xavier Becerra.

Two Injured in Alleged DUI Collision

Pedestrians, ages 91 and 50, were walking near Linden Avenue at Ninth Street in Carpinteria.

Carpinterians Gather to Protest Border Policy

'Families are the building block of our entire society,' said Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw.