CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

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(Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)

Update by edhat staff

At 7:42 a.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch reports a vehicle collided with a CHP vehicle on Highway 101 southbound, just south of the Nojoqui Summit.

Initial reports state a CHP vehicle was turning through the center divider and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Santa Barbara County Fire Department PIO Mike Eliason reports the officer was assisting with a different traffic collision and was waiting to make a u-turn when the CHP vehicle was hit by another southbound vehicle. The CHP officer was uninjured while the other driver suffered minor injuries.

Caltrans is on the scene and has closed lanes as vehicles are in the center divider. As of 8:18 a.m., a hard closure is in effect of the northbound number one and two lanes as well as the southbound number one lane from the top of the summit to Highway 1.


Reports by edhat readers

  • Vehicle went off the road near Gaviota on Highway 101 southbound. 

  • Massive backup on Highway 101 southbound. On the grade it is reduced lane and backed up for a couple miles.  Standstill.  There was a sign say emergency services ahead but I haven't come to the accident yet.  Already been 30 min and i imagine another hour to get over the hill.  

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Ian P Mar 02, 2019 09:14 AM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

The officer was conducting an illegal uturn from the center median without his required emergency vehicle lights on! There was not a left-turn pocket at his location. The officer caused this accident by making erratic driving maneuvers without his e-lights on. This is the same 25 year-old trooper that rear ended a family of 5 while doing 110 mph around a blind curve, just to catch up to a chase that had already ended. Why is this trooper still allowed to drive a state vehicle!!!!

S.B.Dutchman Feb 22, 2019 11:50 AM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

Matt is correct, I have driven this section of 101 everyday for the last 20 years. The turn lane there leads to a gated ranch entrance, normal traffic does not turn there, the downhill grade is 6% and on a curve. every time there is any rain/moisture along the section from Old Coast Hwy on the north to Gaviota on the south, there are multiple wrecks. The CHP regularly has units posted at the log cabins, at the to of the grade and just before the S curves after the Hwy 1 on ramp to slow traffic. The video shows the truck in the #1 lane (fast lane) as it begins to spin, same for the red car. When the CHP comes into frame, it is stopped and the truck just misses him, red car sees the truck lose control also begins to spin, then catches the front of the CHP. Driver of the red car was not a local and chances are, did not know the road there well.

S.B.Dutchman Feb 22, 2019 03:17 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

Yes, SBNatural you hit that nail on the head. Everyone who drives a vehicle should have some sort of vehicle control training before being issued a drivers licence. Just one day at a basic course like Bondurant offers would save countless lives and $$ in property damage. Most drivers run out of talent and become passengers when their car/truck goes into a slide. A little training and some practice with what happens when one crosses the limit in a safe setting goes a very long way. And yes some weight in the bed helps. When we have to drive our pick up someplace I expect to ice or snow 250 lbs of sand bags go in the bed over the rear axle, and a good set of snow chains behind that. Makes a huge difference with Traction and handling.

SBNatural Feb 22, 2019 12:42 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

Everyone is correct to an extent. But what made this what it was: heavy-footed braking, and panic. That truck driver should consider carrying rock salt bags in the bed of the truck if high speed manuvers are part of the game. It would be a hilarious Laurel and Hardy skit, if not so damaging and scary for the participants.

SBNatural Feb 22, 2019 12:39 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

Well, well. Looks like some folks need to go back to Bob Bondurant Performance Driving... Both the truck and the orange sedan could have tooled right on through but both over-reacted and hit the brakes way too hard. Were they thinking the CHP was just going to blow into the south bound lanes? I would call it over-reactive driving and not looking ahead. Wow. What a mess.

MesaSailor Feb 22, 2019 10:44 AM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

This is how I viewed the video... The CHP was responding to a call to an accident and was making a rapid U-Turn at that point in the road. He probably expected to turn in behind the black truck, but the truck saw him coming rapidly and tried to stop to let him come through. That caused him to lose control and block the view of the car behind him who also slammed on his brakes once he saw what the truck was doing and skidded into the CHP. Neither the truck nor the other vehicle were making a left turn. The rate at whcih the CHP was responding to the call was the cause of the accident.

horsegirl Feb 22, 2019 12:02 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

thats mostly how i saw it too. to me it looked like the cop was in the process of beginning the u-turn into the merging lane but the truck and compact car were cutting the corner and using the turn lane/subsequent merging lane a bit and then panicked when the cop was right there

LocalMatt Feb 22, 2019 05:14 AM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

Wrong. The truck saw a cop. He slammed on his breaks downhill into a curve on a cold icey day. The rear end got lose and he actually lost control. The red car put their brakes on seeing the problem then lost the rear end and spun into the cop.

TheTek Feb 21, 2019 10:34 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

By the looks of the video no driver is properly using the turn lane. The way it works is, You get in the lane and slow quickly to a stop. They are all gunning it! The smaller vehicle is saved by the spin out, it minimized the head on collision by quickly rotating the mass away form the CHP.

LocalMatt Feb 21, 2019 09:25 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

What caused this? Speed and the lack of weight on the rear axle. Both the car is extra light and the pickup has an empty bed. Both vehicles rear ends slipped out to the right causing the crash

a-1553646291 Feb 21, 2019 09:11 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

What could be on the road that would cause only those two particular vehicles to "lose control" like that? Anyone know? I watched that video six times and it looks more and more strange with every viewing. Appears like the black truck was "invisibly" towing the orange car right into the head-on with CHP.

80593110 Feb 21, 2019 07:24 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

I was wondering how that could happen, thank you for the video links The black truck spun out first it looks like and then the orange/copper car? Wonder what was on the road?

d8vanilla Feb 21, 2019 06:11 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

https://www.keyt.com/traffic/lanes-closed-on-highway-101-following-crash-involving-chp-vehicle/1033152232?fbclid=IwAR3ullzwrrh4qSwUksZhvUd_vtPtJZaipw5t4HFSgUg4AU0qsrSKVykbuvs

a-1553646291 Feb 21, 2019 05:41 PM
CHP Involved Traffic Collision Causes Traffic Delays

KEYT has the video of how something so stupid could happen: https://www.keyt.com/video/viewer-video-captures-moment-that-vehicle-collides-with-chp-vehicle-on-highway-101/1033708660?fbclid=IwAR2yA7jZJOsZdGobiXzTTuDbRS_6yrteF4vEx07o4660SYN31rMug0rLGF4

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