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UPDATE: Highway 166 near Twitchell Dam reopens after four-car wreck

Posted at 7:02 AM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 11:32:26-05

UPDATE (8:25 a.m.) – The California Highway Patrol reopened both lanes of Highway 166 near Twitchell Dam Rd. as of 8:25 Monday morning.


UPDATE (8:20 a.m.) – Highway 166 near the Twitchell Dam remains closed in both directions Monday morning after a four-vehicle crash.

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the crash happened just before 6:40 a.m. on Highway 166, about 10 miles east of Highway 101.

Two vehicles collided head-on and two other vehicles became involved in the wreck, too.

Two of the drivers were taken to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The other two drivers were okay. None of the drivers involved had any passengers.

However, one driver did have a dog in the car at the time of the crash. Capt. Zaniboni says the dog was injured and taken to a vet hospital in Santa Maria by an off-duty firefighter.

The off-duty firefighter was on his way to work in Santa Maria and offered to take the injured dog in his private vehicle to the vet for treatment.

CHP officers are currently working to clear the highway and reopen it as soon as possible but drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes.


California Highway Patrol responded to a multi-vehicle crash at around 6:30 a.m. Monday near Santa Maria.

CHP says approximately four vehicles were involved in a crash on Highway 166 near Twitchell Dam Road.

Both lanes on Highway 166 are blocked due to the crash.

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