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Single vehicle crash closes Highway 166 near New Cuyama

Posted at 7:37 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 10:37:17-04

(UPDATE 7:15 a.m.) – California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, and AMR responded to a single-vehicle crash near New Cuyama on Wednesday.

Fire officials say the crashed happened on Caliente Avenue near Highway 166 at around 2:00 a.m.

Officials say a driver crashed their vehicle into a power pole, breaking the pole causing power lines to fall near the highway.

Highway 166 was shut down in both directions for one hour as crews responded to the scene.

The crash caused a small fire to nearby grass, which was quickly contained.

No injuries were reported.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

According to PG&E, nearly 400 customers in the area are without power Wednesday morning. They expect to have power fully restored by 3:00 p.m.


(UPDATE: 4:45 a.m) – CHP officials say both directions of Highway 166 are open.

Drivers should still take caution when driving in the area.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

PG&E expects to have power restored by 7:15 a.m. Wednesday.


California Highway Patrol has closed Highway 166 in both directions starting at Perkins Road.

The crash happened on the 4800 block of Caliente Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

CHP officials say a driver crashed into a pole.

Officials say power lines were knocked down and a power pole fell near Highway 166.

Reports say the vehicle caught fire and flames spread to nearby grass.

Drivers should take caution if commuting through the area.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.