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Orcutt man dies after crashing into farm tractors near Guadalupe

Posted at 2:50 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 17:51:03-04

An 83-year-old Orcutt man died after crashing into farm tractors near Guadalupe last week, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It happened shortly before 6 p.m. on southbound Highway 1 north of Black Road.

Warner Deutschman was heading south on Highway 1 at an unknown speed when, for unknown reasons, his minivan drifted into the opposite lane where it eventually hit farm tractors parked on the dirt shoulder north of Black Road, CHP says.

A minivan crashed into two parked farm tractors near Santa Maria. (Photo courtesy Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Dept.)


Both vehicles had major damage.

Deutschman and his passenger, who has been identified as his wife, 81-year-old Shirly Ann Deutschman, were taken to the hospital,

CHP says Warner Deutschman died from his injuries. Shirly Deutschman’s injuries were described as moderate.

Highway 1 was closed in the area for about 25 minutes while officers investigated.