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UPDATE: Children among eight injuries in crash near Vandenberg Village

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Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 16, 2022

UPDATE (1:42 p.m.) - Officials say two vehicles were involved in the crash that injured eight people and closed a portion of Hwy 1 for multiple hours Friday morning.

The crash involved a silver minivan and a black sedan.

Three people, all children, were critically injured, including an infant who was airlifted in Copter 3 to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.

Four people had moderate injuries, and one person had minor injuries.

Hwy 1 was closed for about two hours while emergency crews were at the crash.

Initial reports indicated four vehicles were involved in the crash.
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UPDATE (11:42 a.m.) - CHP reports the highway at the Vandenberg Space Force Base main gate has reopened.

UPDATE (10:39 a.m.) - There is a hard closure of southbound Highway 1 at the Vandenberg Space Force Base main gate as a result of Friday morning's crash at San Lucia Canyon Road.

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UPDATE (10:17 a.m.) - Eight people were injured after four vehicles crashed along Hwy 1 near Santa Lucia Canyon Rd. Friday morning.

Santa Barbara County Fire officials say three were critically injured, four were moderately injured and one person had minor injuries.

All three critical injuries are children.

Several patients are being taken to the hospital, including one who is being airlifted.

Officials have shut down Hwy 1 at the crash scene.

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UPDATE (10:03 a.m.) - A multi-vehicle crash continues to block multiple lanes of Hwy 1 near Vandenberg Village Friday morning.

A helicopter landed at the crash just before 10 a.m., Buellton-area CHP told KSBY.

Among the vehicles involved in the crash was a vehicle that had multiple children in it. Officials say one child was ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

No word yet on the extent of injuries.

CHP says the highway closure is expected to last a long time while officials investigate the crash.
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UPDATE (9:48 a.m.) - CHP reports one northbound lane is open to traffic after a multi-vehicle crash blocked the highway at Santa Lucia Canyon Rd. near Vandenberg Village.

All other lanes of Hwy 1 remain closed.

Multiple medics are on scene, and a helicopter is on its way to the crash.

Tow trucks have been called to help clear the road.
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(9:38 a.m.) A multi-vehicle crash blocked Hwy 1 near Vandenberg Village Friday morning.

A crash involving multiple vehicles blocked all lanes of the highway in both directions at Santa Lucia Canyon Rd.

It was called in at about 9:24 a.m.

CHP and medics were called to the scene.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office issued a hard closure of the road, and Caltrans is urging people to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.