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UPDATE: Arroyo Grande resident killed in Hwy 154 crash

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jun 05, 2020

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.) - California Highway Patrol for the Santa Barbara area said in a press release that the crash occurred when a truck traveled across the double yellow lines hitting into the other vehicle. The truck-driver, Oscar Pereyra, sustained major injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

According to the press release, Pereyra is suspected on driving under the influence and was arrested for a felony DUI.

The investigation is still continuing and anyone who has an information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact CHP Officer Shannan Sams at (805) 967-1234.

UPDATE (5:46 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office tweeted the identity of the person who died in the Highway 154 crash as 31-year-old Michael Kai Liu from Arroyo Grande.

Officials said in the Tweet the remainder of the investigation is being handled by California Highway Patrol.

UPDATE (3:28 p.m.) - Caltrans says the highway has re-opened.


ORIGINAL STORY: Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded to a fatal head-on crash Friday morning.

The crash happened at around 10:44 a.m. on Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo.

Upon arrival, first responders found a head-on two vehicle crash with two people involved.

Fire officials say one person died on scene and the other suffered critical injuries.

As of 11:20 a.m., firefighters were performing heavy extrication to get the critically injured patient out of the vehicle.

Fire officials say the crash is blocking the roadway, and drivers can expect traffic restrictions in the area as crews work to clear the scene.

Santa Barbara County Fire Firefighters, firefighters with the Los Padres National Forest, and AMR responded to the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The name of the person who died has not been released.

Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded to a fatal head-on crash Friday morning.