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Major injuries reported following Hwy 101 crash near Los Alamos

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 14:35:52-04

The California Highway Patrol is releasing more information about a crash on Highway 101 near Los Alamos Monday that left two people from Northern California trapped.

It happened at about 8:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes south of Palmer Road.

CHP says the driver, identified as Jacquelyn Chau, 19, of Fremont, was “traveling above the posted speed limit” when she drifted to the left and hit the ruble stip.

The 19-year-old then overcorrected, according to CHP, and lost control. The 2006 Mini Cooper reportedly spun across both lanes before it went off the road, rolled and landed on its roof after hitting a tree.

Chau and her passenger, identified as a 21-year-old from Antioch, were both pulled from the car by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and suffered major injuries, according to CHP.

Chau, who CHP says lost consciousness and suffered cuts to her neck and forehead, was airlifted to the hospital and her passenger reportedly broke her arm and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

CHP says drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash and no arrests were made.