One man was killed and five other injured in a crash on Highway 154 north of San Antonio Creek Road early Saturday, August 19, 2023. | Credit: Scott Safechuck/Santa Barbara County Fire

[Update: Mon., Aug. 21, 2023, 9:55am] California Highway Patrol has released more details on the fatal crash that occurred early Saturday morning on Highway 154. In an incident report released Monday morning, CHP stated that the Nissan Altima, driven by a 22-year-old resident of South Jacksonville, Florida, was traveling westbound “at an undetermined speed” when it traveled “across the double yellow lines and into the eastbound lane, directly into the path of the Infiniti” SUV, which was traveling eastbound at approximately 55 miles per hour.

The driver of the Nissan, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

The five occupants of the Infiniti, all residents of Oxnard, were injured in the crash. The SUV’s 57-year-old female driver and a 69-year-old female passenger sustained major injuries in the crash, and the three others — a 61-year-old woman, 75-year-old woman, and 53-year-old man — suffered moderate injuries. All five were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.

CHP is investigating the crash, and it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident. The name of the driver killed in the collision is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

[Original Story] A collision that shut down Highway 154 overnight has left one man dead and sent five others to the hospital with moderate to critical injuries, according to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Scott Safechuck.

According to Safechuck, the crash occurred north of San Antonio Creek Road on the 154 at around 1:30 a.m. on August 19 and involved two vehicles, a Nissan Altima and an Infinity SUV. The male driver of the Altima, the vehicle’s only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Two of the SUV’s five adult occupants were taken to Cottage Hospital in critical condition, and the three others were hospitalized with moderate injuries, Safechuck said.

California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.


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