101 Backup In Carpinteria
updated: Mar 07, 2013, 3:55 PM
An unlicensed driver collides into a fuel tanker truck resulting in
a four vehicle collision. The collision forced the closure of one
northbound lane of US-101 in Carpinteria for over an hour. Minor
injuries were also reported.
Investigating Officer: J. Mann, #14690
At approximately 8:40 am today, a 45 year old, unlicensed, Carpinteria woman was
entering US-101 northbound on the Santa Monica Road onramp. Due to her unsafe
speed for the wet roadway conditions, the woman lost control of her vehicle and
allowed it to enter the northbound lanes of traffic, directly in the path of a big rig
tanker truck hauling jet fuel. The truck's driver was unable to avoid a collision with the
woman's vehicle. The collision caused the tanker to move left, where it collided into
two additional vehicles that were traveling in the #1 lane. As the tanker continued, it
became entwined with one of the vehicles, drove off the roadway edge into the center
divider, and came to a stop still partially in the #1 lane, pinning a sedan against the
metal guardrail as it did.
Only minor injuries were reported from this collision. The collision did not cause any
intrusion into the tanker fuel storage, nor did it cause the tanker to leak fuel. Due to
the precarious position of the tanker truck and the pinned car, it took an extended
amount of time to separate the vehicles. This caused significant traffic delays to the
morning commute traffic. The incident was completely cleared at 10:08 am.
At this time, it doesn't appear alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision.
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