A woman is dead following an early-morning crash near Bonita Elementary School in Santa Maria Monday.
As of 7:30 a.m., a SIG alert remained in effect by the California Highway Patrol at Highway 166 and Bonita School Road.
CHP reports a Chevrolet Impala rear-ended a dump truck making a left-hand turn at about 4:25 a.m. The truck was hauling a trailer with a tractor on it. The driver of the Impala died at the scene.
That driver has been identified as 71-year-old Aeja Kim.
Investigators say speed may have played a role in the crash.
The roadway near the school will be closed to traffic until crews finish removing both damaged vehicles from the area. Delays may be 30 minutes or more.
CHP does not have an estimate on when the highway will reopen.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
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