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Child killed in rollover crash near Lompoc, others hospitalized

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Posted at 9:15 AM, Sep 28, 2022

UPDATE (1:16 p.m.): All lanes on Hwy 1 are back open after being closed due to a deadly crash in Lompoc Wednesday morning.

An 18-year-old driver was driving with two young passengers southbound on Hwy 1 north of Santa Lucia Canyon Road at an undetermined rate of speech, CHP officials said. The crash happened when she made an unsafe turning movement.

The car went off the road and onto the right shoulder, flipping over multiple times ejecting the two passengers before stopping, CHP officers said.

A 10-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver sustained head injuries in the crash, Santa Barbara County Fire officials said, and was taken to the Marian Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

The other passenger, an 8-year-old girl, was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

CHP officials said Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash.

Buena Vista Elementary School in Vandenberg Village sent a note out to students and staff Wednesday afternoon saying a fifth-grade student at the school was killed in the crash. The school added that a second-grade student of that sibling was also injured.

The school says additional counselors will be on site Thursday for students or family members who are needing support.

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A rollover crash along Hwy 1 Wednesday morning has killed at least one person, fire officials said.

A single vehicle went off the road, flipping over into heavy brush, along Hwy 1 just south of Santa Lucia Rd. in Lompoc. The crash was called in at about 7:57 a.m.

Southbound Hwy 1 was closed due to the crash, Caltrans District 5 officials said in a tweet.

Santa Barbara County Fire officials say a child was found dead under the vehicle.

They say an adult driver sustained head injuries in the crash and is being taken to Marian Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Another injured child is being airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

First responders searched by ground and air for more possible patients but reportedly did not find any other victims.

This is the second major injury crash at the intersection in two weeks.