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UPDATE: Northbound Hwy 101 reopens after hours-long closure in Gaviota

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Jul 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-07 16:29:57-04

UPDATE (10:48 a.m.) - CHP reports crews lifted the northbound closure at Winchester Canyon Rd. at about 10:35 a.m.

Officials say they are slowly leading traffic through the area.

(6:32 a.m.) - Hwy 101 is closed to northbound traffic through Gaviota after a fatal crash early Thursday morning.

A crash involving a semi truck in the slow lane of northbound Hwy 101, just south of Calle Mariposa Reina, was first reported around 4:52 a.m.

Officials report the driver of a semi truck was driving the speed limit when the vehicle crashed into a group of trees. The driver was killed in the crash. No other passengers were inside the truck at the time.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The crash left debris across the northbound lanes, CHP reports. Santa Barbara County Fire officials are cleaning up the area.

Hazmat crews are at the site of the crash to clean up a fuel spill caused by the crash.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.

No word yet on how soon the highway could reopen.

*This story has been updated to correct the day the crash occurred as being Thursday.