UPDATE (6:30 p.m.) – By 6:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported that the highway was reopened.
UPDATE (4 p.m.) – According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a woman driving a Honda Accord was headed northbound on Highway 1 south of Lompoc when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a pickup that was headed southbound.
The Honda ended up about 15 feet over the side of the road. The driver, estimated to be in her 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup, which belongs to a landscaping company, was reportedly not injured.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
UPDATE (3:20 p.m.) – The California Highway Patrol confirms that the female driver of a Honda sedan was killed Monday in a crash south of Lompoc that also involved a pickup truck.
According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Highway 1 is expected to be closed in both directions between Highway 246 and Highway 101 for approximately four hours.
This is the third deadly crash along this stretch of Highway 1 in a week.
The first crash occurred on Monday, Sept. 17. A 66-year-old woman and her dog were killed in a head-on collision.
On Friday, Sept. 21, another head-on crash took the life of a 73-year-old man. The driver of the vehicle that hit him was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Highway 1 was closed south of Lompoc Monday afternoon as the result of a vehicle crash.
It was reported at 2:20 p.m., about halfway between Lompoc and the intersection with Highway 101.
Caltrans reported that the highway was closed in both directions from Highway 246 to Highway 101.
According to the California Highway Patrol Incident Information Page, one person was believed dead as a result of the crash.
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.