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Apr 30, 2010 6:02 AM by Bethany Tucker

Third deadly crash on Hwy 154 in a matter of one week

Officers believe alcohol may have played a role in Thursday night's deadly head-on crash on Highway 154.

The California Highway Patrol says that crash happened at about 8:20p.m. Thursday, just east of Lake Cachuma. One person died at the scene and two others were taken to a hospital with injuries. Investigators say they believe alcohol may have been a factor in this crash. "It's being investigated as a DUI collision at this time," said Sgt. Mike Bueno of the CHP. "we're going ahead and processing it that way."

The name of the victim in this crash has not been released.

"This is the third fatality this month," said Sgt. Bueno. "It just goes to show: Don't drink and drive, wear your seatbelt, safe driving, safe speed. Everybody needs to be careful."

Thursday night's accident is the third fatal crash on that portion of Highway 154 in the matter of one week. Thursday morning, a Malibu resident who was driving his pick-up truck on that highway swerved to avoid some rocks, but in doing so he hit a boulder that was hidden on the side of the road. That caused him to lose control of his truck. The vehicle flipped and landed on its roof. The passenger in that truck died at the scene. Then on Thursday, April 22, 58-year-old Nancy Gonnoud from Santa Barbara was killed on Highway 154. Investigators say she lost control of her car and crashed into the back wheel of a big rig.

The CHP says, since 2007, there have been 15 deaths on Highway 154. That includes these latest fatalities.

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