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UPDATE: Two suffer major injuries in head-on crash on Hwy 166 near Santa Maria

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Jul 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-03 03:24:52-04

UPDATE: Santa Barbara County fire officials say two people suffered major injuries in a head-on crash on Highway 166.

Investigators say a driver of a Yukon was heading westbound when for unknown reasons they crossed over the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane hitting a driver of a Porsche.

The driver of the Yukon suffered minor injuries and was transported by ground to the hospital.

The driver and passenger in the Porsche suffered critical injuries. The passenger was flown to the hospital and the driver was transported to the hospital by ground.

Heavy extrication was required.

Law enforcement is investigating the cause of the crash.

California Highway Patrol is responding to a head-on crash on Highway 166 Friday.

The crash happened at around 9 a.m. near Tepusquet Road.

According to CHP, both lanes of Highway 166 near Santa Maria are closed.

Drivers can expect traffic in the area to be backed up.

CalTrans is diverting drivers to Highway 58 and Highway 46 as alternate routes between the coast and valley.

It is unknown at this time how many people were involved in the crash or the extent of their injuries.

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.