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Major-injury crash slows traffic on Highway 166

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UPDATE (3:15 a.m.) - According to CHP logs, the person airlifted to a hospital suffered a "liver laceration, multiple rib fractures, a ruptured spleen and fractured pelvis." 

It is unclear whether the semi-truck involved in the crash has been cleared from the scene. 

It reportedly had flat tires and damaged rims. The truck weighs some 54,000 pounds. 


UPDATE (11:15 p.m.) - CHP reports this is a major-injury crash. The person who was trapped in the car was extricated and airlifted to a hospital.

According to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, the victim had two dogs in her car, which are now in the care of animal control.

Viewer Jae Hoon Kim told KSBY News about helping to return one of the victim's dogs after it "ran from the scene for miles."

Another driver involved was behind the wheel of a semi-truck estimated to weigh more than 50,000 pounds.


UPDATE (9:30 p.m.) - CHP has not called for a shutdown of Highway 166 but says cars have been severely slowed to a stop in both directions. Through traffic is essentially stopped for the time being.


Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a crash Thursday night involving at least five vehicles on Highway 166.

CHP reports the crash happened 17 miles east of Highway 101, just west of Rock Front Ranch, shortly before 8:30 p.m.

One person is reportedly trapped in a wrecked car. Several ambulances and tow trucks are on the way.

CHP may request a shutdown of Highway 166 from Caltrans, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.

The crash happened a few hours after Caltrans asked drivers to avoid 166, which is seeing heavy traffic with people unfamiliar with the road who are trying to drive around the Highway 101 closure due to the Montecito mudslide.

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