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UPDATE: Lancaster woman killed when trucks goes off Hwy 166

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Apr 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-25 21:12:44-04

UPDATE (4:56 p.m.) - A Lancaster woman was killed and a man injured when their truck went over the side of Highway 166 Friday morning.

The California Highway Patrol says the 19-year-old woman was heading westbound on the highway east of Sierra Madre Road around 8 a.m. when the Chevrolet Silverado crossed into the eastbound lanes and onto the shoulder of the road.

Officers say part of the truck hit a guardrail before going down the hillside where it rolled.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, identified as a 21-year-old man from Lancaster, suffered major injuries and was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.

CHP says the driver was wearing a seatbelt but reports the passenger was not restrained.

The crash closed Highway 166 at Highway 101 in Santa Maria for part of the day. All lanes were fully reopened around 2 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: One person is dead and one other has been airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Santa Barbara County following a car accident on Highway 166 Friday morning, according to Santa Barbara County Fire officials.

County fire officials said a car went over 200 feet over the side of a bridge on Highway 166 just east of Rockfront Ranch, leaving one person dead. This happened just after 8 a.m. on Friday.

A Santa Barbara County helicopter airlifted the other person in critical condition to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Highway 166 was closed in both directions. But just after 11:30 a.m., Caltrans announced there was one-way reversing traffic control at this location.

Caltrans officials confirmed that Highway 166 was fully reopened in both directions just after 2 p.m.

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