UPDATE (9:19 a.m.) - Traffic is moving in both directions along Hwy 1, hours after a two-vehicle crash blocked the road near Santa Maria.
CHP says the road reopened a little before 9 a.m.
Officials say the tractor was heading northbound on Hwy 1 at the same time a Prius was heading south on the highway. In heavy fog, the two vehicles collided.
The crash is currently being investigated to determine who was at fault. Officers say drugs or alcohol were not involved.
UPDATE (8:03 a.m.) - Caltrans says southbound traffic along Hwy 1 remains blocked at the crash while crews clean up the area.
There is no estimated time of reopening.
(5:28 a.m.) - A two-vehicle crash blocked a section of Hwy 1 west of Santa Maria Thursday morning.
The crash was called in at about 4:43 a.m., when CHP says a Toyota Prius collided with a farm tractor along Hwy 1 just north of Ray Rd., about 7 miles north of Black Rd.
The Prius had major front-end damage, CHP reports.
Santa Barbara County Fire officials say both passengers in the Prius were hurt. One had minor injuries and another had severe injuries. They were taken to Marian Regional Medical Center.
The tractor operator was unhurt.
Fire officials say it was foggy when the crash occurred.
Initial reports indicate the crash occurred in the northbound lane of Hwy 1. Responding emergency vehicles have blocked both directions of traffic.
Vehicle accident: HWY 1, 7 miles N of Blk Rd SMR. Prius vs Tractor. Minor extrication-Prius w/2 pt’s(1 minor & 1 mod/severe injuries)/Tx-MMC. Tractor Operator no-injured. SBC, SMR, CHP, 1 Amb. Foggy conditions.— Scott Safechuck (@SBCFireInfo) August 25, 2022
HWY 1 remains closed, see CHP for reopening. CT 4:44am pic.twitter.com/VjuAtl3ItO
Two medics were among the crews called to the crash.