Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

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Update by edhat staff

A driver was impaled in the forehead by a metal rod while driving in Santa Maria Friday evening.

At 5:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters reported to a vehicle accident on E. Betteravia and Telephone Road. Upon arrival crews discovered a vehicle with two occupants. The passenger was unharmed while the 49-year-old male driver sustained serious injuries. 

A metal pole or pipe that was either kicked up from the roadway or another vehicle, crashed into the vehicle and impaled the driver in the forehead region. Firefighters extricated the driver who was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via CalStar helicopter.

The incident is under investigation.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
5:15, May 3, 2019

Penetrating injury at Bettervia and Telephone. Cal Star is responding, the intersection is blocked off.

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a-1563721887 May 04, 2019 09:19 AM
Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

Yikes!! Have seen this at least twice on favorite tv shows and the fake people survived. Hope this real person survives and has a full recovery!! Driver Impaled by Metal Object East of Santa Maria By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully | May 3, 2019 | 8:29 p.m. A driver was impaled with a metal rod in his forehead while traveling east of Santa Maria on Friday, and airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. At approximately 5 p.m., personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol responded to the area near Betteravia and Telephone roads for a report of a vehicle accident, fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said. The first crew to arrive found one vehicle with two occupants “The passenger was unharmed but the driver had been hit with what was described as a metal pole or pipe, which was either kicked up from the roadway or had come from another vehicle,” Bertucelli said. “That is under investigation at this point.” The metal object struck and impaled the driver in the forehead area, Bertucelli added. The driver, whose name and age were not released, was extricated from the vehicle and transported by CalStar medical helicopter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The CHP is investigating the accident, he added. No further information was available

a-1563721887 May 04, 2019 10:02 AM
Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

09:19 on the shows like 911 those are mostly reenactment of actual cases and incidents . Ironically due to our laws such as HIPPA most of the incidents in 911 like the rebar through the head actually happened in China.

a-1563721887 May 03, 2019 08:28 PM
Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

Around 2 p.m.: "A Highway 154 lane was blocked for a few hours Friday near Santa Barbara after a wood chipper fell off a trailer and rolled over, according to the California Highway Patrol." Woodchipper: Roger, your favorite method of extreme discipline.

a-1563721887 May 03, 2019 07:14 PM
Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

On the 101 we once had a tire on a semi in front of us blast apart and come flying at our truck. We were just lucky the mass of rubber missed hitting our windshield or elsewhere on our vehicle. I can't imagine that this driver will recover from having a metal pipe penetrating his/her head. Miracles do happen and I hope such is the case. What's going on this week? That mattress and bed on the 101 today? The woodchipper on 154? Yikes.

a-1563721887 May 03, 2019 06:26 PM
Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

a pipe from a truck went thru windshield and penetrated the head of driver following behind. Flown to hospital.

Roger May 03, 2019 05:18 PM
Driver Impaled During Traffic Collision

I could not tell what kind f injury exactly weather it's a gun shot wound or what when I hear it or someone shares it will be posted.

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