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UPDATE: Driver killed in Hwy 1 crash was being pursued by security forces, CHP says

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jun 28, 2021

UPDATE (3:02 p.m.) - Vandenberg Space Force Base has provided the following statement:

On June 28 at approximately 9:30 p.m., the 30th Security Forces Squadron patrolmen observed an individual driving erratically and repeatedly failing to stay in the lane of traffic on Highway 1,” said Col. Robert A. Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander. “To protect the individual and the public, the 30th SFS patrolmen initiated a traffic stop; however, the individual fled at a high rate of speed, then unintentionally left the roadway, which resulted in the single vehicle accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased driver. As is standard procedure, the accident is currently under investigation.

UPDATE (8:15 a.m.) - The California Highway Patrol has released additional information about a deadly crash outside Orcutt Monday night.

Officers say Vandenberg Space Force Base security forces were pursuing the 2017 GMC Denali 2500 around 9:45 p.m. when the crash happened on Highway 1 northbound near the interchange of 135, which leads toward Los Alamos.

CHP says the driver, identified as a 47-year-old man from Lompoc, missed a turn in the road and hit a milepost marker post before becoming airborne and going off the embankment.

Officers say the vehicle landed on its roof on the right shoulder of Highway 135 and slid into a metal guardrail.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.


ORIGINAL STORY: According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, at about 9:45 p.m. Monday night, officials responded to a fatal traffic collision.

Fire officials say the vehicle rollover happened at Highway 135 and Highway 1 under the bridge.

California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. This is a developing story, we will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.