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6 people injured after minivan goes over the side of Highway 166 near Cuyama

Posted at 3:17 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 22:51:49-05

UPDATE (4:134 p.m.) - Six people are injured after a minivan went over the side of Highway 166 near Cuyama, according to officials.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department received reports of a vehicle over the side of the roadway near the mile marker 32 on Highway 166.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single minivan had crashed 50 feet into the riverbed on the eastbound side.

Two of the people involved in the crash sustained major injuries, one had moderate injuries and the remaining three sustained minor injuries, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

One person was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

CHP officials said four of the patients are juveniles and two are adults.


ORIGINAL STORY (3:17 p.m.) - Emergency crews are responding to reports of a car that fell over a cliff on Highway `166 between Santa Maria and Cuyama Saturday afternoon.

Authorities said they received initial reports of the incident shortly after 2 p.m. on Highway 166 approximately 50 miles east of Santa Maria.

According to CHP officers, a vehicle was traveling westbound and tried to pass a van, and that van went to pass the vehicle again but went off the eastbound side of the road near Gifford Rancho Road.

Crews from CAL FIRE SLO and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department are responding to the incident.

It is not yet clear how many people were inside the vehicle.

KSBY is sending a crew to the scene to obtain more information.

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