UPDATE (March 30, 2021) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner’s Bureau said Sean Daye McDonough, 39, of Ventura was killed in the traffic collision on Hwy 154 east of Cachuma Lake Village on March 25, 2021.
UPDATE (2:34 p.m.) - The California Highway Patrol reports a 39-year-old man from Ventura died in Thursday morning's crash.
Officers say their preliminary investigation shows the driver was heading westbound on Highway 154 when he made an “unsafe turning movement,” causing his Toyota to cross over the double yellow lines and crash head-on into an oncoming Dodge.
The driver of the Dodge has been identified as a 34-year-old man from Santa Barbara. His injuries were described as major.
The name of the driver killed has not yet been released.
UPDATE (6:30 a.m.) - According to officials, Caltrans is reopening Highway 154 following the deadly crash that took place around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
Highway 154 is closed in both directions Thursday morning after a fatal two-car crash.
Vehicle accident Hwy 154 at Lake Cachuma. SBC on scene with 2 vehicle involved. Heavy damage to both vehicles. 1 black tag, 1 yellow tag. Extrication required. 154 closed in both directions. Under inv by CHP. Call newsline.— Daniel Bertucelli (@SBCFireInfo) March 25, 2021
Santa Barbara County firefighters are currently on scene. Public information officer Daniel Bertucelli says the collision happened just before 4 a.m. along Highway 154 at Lake View Drive near Lake Cachuma.
Both vehicles were severely damaged and one of the drivers died in the crash, according to Bertucelli.
Firefighters pulled the other driver from their car and that person has been taken to the hospital.
Officials say Highway 154 was closed from Highway 192 to Highway 246 near Santa Ynez.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.